Easy smoked salmon and cream cheese canapés

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Easy smoked salmon and cream cheese canapés

These simple canapés are prepared with homemade soda bread and topped with smoked salmon, cream cheese and herbs.

Ingredients

For the soda bread

For the topping

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/170C Fan/Gas 5.

  2. For the soda bread, mix together the flours, caster sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and porridge oats in a large bowl. Add the treacle and stout to the dry ingredients and stir in. Add the melted butter and mix well. Gradually mix in the buttermilk to give a firm but sticky dough (you may not need all the buttermilk).

  3. Using your hands, bring the mixture together until a smooth dough is formed and briefly knead. On a lightly floured work surface, shape the dough into a square loaf that is roughly 1cm/½in high. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper or dusted well with flour. Brush the top with the beaten egg, scatter over a few porridge oats and bake for 30–40 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath. Leave to cool completely.

  4. For the topping, place the cream cheese in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and stir through the lemon juice to taste and the smoked salmon until combined. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a very large plain nozzle (or you can spoon the topping onto the bread before serving if preferred). Chill until ready to serve.

  5. To serve, slice the loaf into 1cm/½in thick slices (roughly 8–10 slices). Cut each slice into 2.5cm/1in squares. You will need around 40–50 squares. Pipe or spoon the cream cheese mixture on top of each square and then garnish with chives or dill.

Recipe Tips

This recipe makes more bread than you will need for the canapés.