Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Taste of Europe - Irish Soda Bread

There are so many recipes that we could have made in honor of Ireland, but we chose a very simple version of Irish Soda Bread. (Truth is, I have several similar recipes, and now I can't remember which one I used last - but I think it's this one!) With very little kneading, and no need to let the dough rise, this hearty bread is a good choice if you don't have much experience in baking your own bread. I think it's best eaten warm and fresh, or toasted.

Irish Soda Bread
4 cups flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
6 tbsp cold butter or margarine
2 cups buttermilk

 Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Cut in butter until crumbly. Add buttermilk, and stir just until moistened. Turn out  on a lightly floured surface and knead 8-10 times. Put in a greased 9x5x3 loaf pan. Bake at 350* for 1 hour until browned and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. You can also bake it in a round casserole dish or in a freeform loaf on a baking sheet.

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