Sunday, March 17, 2013

Irish Soda Bread

I make this every year for St. Patrick's Day.  It's my husbands favorite.  I'll also sneak it in a few other times throughout the year.  

Makes 1 loaf


vegetable oil, for brushing

4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 3/4 cups buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Brush a sheet with oil.  I'll admit I don't always brush the sheet and sometimes just use parchment paper.  

Sift the flour, salt, and baking soda into a bowl.  Make a well in the center and pour in most of the buttermilk.  Mix well, first with a wooden spoon and then with your hands.  The dough should be very soft but not too wet.  If necessary, add the remaining buttermilk.

Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured counter and knead lightly and briefly.  Shape into an 8-inch round.  Put the loaf onto the prepared baking sheet and cut a cross in the top with a sharp knife.  

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool slightly.  

Serve warm, we like it with Irish butter.

*I originally found this recipe in an Irish Pub Cooking cookbook.  It holds many great recipes.

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