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The secret of the perfect soda farl is out

Could Jeffers have given TV chef the winning recipe?

Richard Martin, general manager at Jeffers Home Bakery, and Andrew Jeffers, proprietor, hard at work after appearing on the popular TV programme Great British Menu. US1609-526cdANYONE who lives in Lisburn will know you're guaranteed a great soda farl in Jeffers.

But now the secret's out after the Lisburn bakery made an appearance on the BBC 2 programme Great British Menu.

On Monday viewers of the show saw bakers at the Market Square branch share their soda bread making skills with chef Danny Millar, the chef at Balloo House in Killinchy.

The programme sees the nation's finest chefs competing to honour the men and women from the armed forces serving in Afghanistan with a glorious homecoming dinner that captures the authentic tastes of home.

This week's episodes have been featuring two chefs from Northern Ireland battling it out to represent the region in the next round.

Danny, a friend of Andrew Jeffers the proprietor of the local bakery, called to get some hints for making he bread which he served with chicken livers on the show. Speaking about the programme Andrew said: "Danny is a friend of mine and he asked me if I would give him a few tips about the way we make our traditional soda bread at Jeffers. I was delighted to be able to help."


He continued: "The camera crew came into the bakery and filmed the general Manager Richard Martin and myself take Danny through our soda bread process. "Danny really appreciated our help and it was great that Lisburn got a mention on the show."

The eight winners from the regional heats will go forward to the National Final where they will cook their dishes again, but this time, in addition to the judges, the great British public will get the chance to vote for their favourites and decide which chefs go forward to the banquet.

Check out Jeffers Bakery on the show by visiting BBC iPlayer.

Jeffers Home Bakery web site

 Ulster Star