Saturday, March 13, 2010

Irish Soda Bread

2 stars

Let me first say, I have never had Irish soda bread or even heard of it before.  Until the wonderful world of facebook, I got a message to join a month long Irish Soda Bread making group. Just in time for St. Patrick's Day.
For more information about Irish Soda Bread go here.

I guess there are a number of recipes floating around for this.. The basic soda bread is made with flour, baking soda, salt, and soured milk (or buttermilk).  That's it! 

It was easy to make and turned out cute. I only made one, but this recipe makes two.   The flavor is not something I am used to and was not a fan of it.  I guess that means I have no Irish in me?  I was still glad I made it, just to say that I have. 

Irish Soda Bread

6 cups all purpose flour
2 teasp baking soda
2 teasp baking powder
3 tblsp cornstarch
2 teasp sugar
l teasp salt
2 l/2 cups buttermilk

1. Preheat oven to 375.

2. Add all of the dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix very well. Pour all of the buttermilk into the bowl at once and stir, using a wooden spoon, just til a soft dough is formed.

3. Pour the contents of the bowl onto a lightly floured counter and knead for a minute or so till everything comes together.

4. Divide the dough into two portions and shape each into a round loaf, pressing the top down a bit to just barely flatten it. Place the loaves on a large ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle with some addition flour on the top of each loaf and, using a sharp paring knife, make the sign of a Cross in slashes on the top of each.

5. Allow the loaves to rest for 10 minutes and then bake on the middle rack for 40 mins or till the loaves are golden brown and done to taste.


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