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Tomato Soup With Cheesy Soda Bread

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Ingredients
For the soup
  Plum tomatoes 6
  Potato 1 Large
  Shallot 1
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm) (Large Clove)
  Olive oil 4 Fluid Ounce (2 Tablespoon Plus 3 Fluid Ounce)
  Vegetable stock 1 Pint
  Basil plant 1 Large
  Caster sugar 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Sour cream 4 Tablespoon
  Salt To Taste
  Black pepper To Taste, ground
For the bread
  Fresh sage leaves 6
  Gruyere cheese 3 Ounce
  Plain flour 12 Ounce
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Soda bicarbonate 1 Teaspoon
  Baking powder 1 Teaspoon
  Mustard powder 1 Teaspoon
  Buttermilk 1⁄2 Pint
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Finely chop the sage. Grate the Gruyere cheese.
2. Into a bowl, sift the flour then stir in the salt, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, mustard powder, cheese and sage. Add the buttermilk and mix, with a round-bladed knife, to form a soft dough.
3. Heat a griddle pan. On a heavily floured surface, pat the dough into a round flat disc about 1-inch thick. Cut the disc into 4 triangles. Cook on the griddle pan for 15 minutes, turning occasionally, until well risen and golden brown.

MAKING
4. Roughly chop the tomatoes and put in a bowl. Peel the potato and cut into small dice. Roughly chop the shallot and garlic. Heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large saucepan, add the shallot and half of the garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened.
5. Add the chopped tomatoes, diced potato and vegetable stock. Strip a handful of leaves from the basil plant, Add to the pan, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 8 minutes until the potato is tender.

FINALISING
6. Strip the remaining leaves off the basil plant and put in a food processor with the remaining garlic and a little of the remaining oil. Whiz for 2-3 seconds then pour in enough oil to make a smooth, thick puree. Pour into a small jug.
7. With a hand blender, puree the soup. Add salt, pepper and sugar to taste.

SERVING
8. Into warmed bowls, ladle the soup, put a spoonful of the soured cream in the centre and then swirl in some of the basil puree. Serve with the warm cheesy soda bread.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Continental
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Simmering
Dish: 
Soup
Interest: 
Holiday, Gourmet
Ingredient: 
Tomato
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
70 Minutes
Servings: 
2

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