Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

As a vegetarian who wishes to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, I need something to fun to cook that isn't corned beef and cabbage or a meaty Irish stew. Enter Irish Soda Bread!

No sugar, raisins, or whiskey here. This recipe is based on one found on the web page for the Society For The Preservation of Irish Soda Bread. If you have time, read up on the history behind the bread.

It doesn't get more straightforward than this!
- 3 cups flour
- 1 cup wheat flour
- 14 ounces buttermilk
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt

How to Cook It
1) Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
2) Grease two cake pans and set aside.
3) Mix your dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda) together.
4) Pour in the buttermilk and either knead by hand or mix using the dough hook attachment on a stand mixer.
5) Pat the dough into a flat round in the bottom of one of your cake pans.
6) Dust the top with flour and use a serrated knife to cut a cross into the dough.
7) Place the other cake pan on top and bake for 30 minutes.
8) Remove the top pan and bake for 10 minutes more, or until the bread is nicely browned and sounds hollow when tapped.
9) Spread out a clean kitchen towel and sprinkle with water until damp. Put the hot bread on the towel and wrap it up. The water on the towel will keep the bread moist.
10) Wait (if you can!) to serve until the bread cools a bit. It will be easier to cut.

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