Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Irish Soda Bread

When I first decided that I was going to cook on St. Patrick's Day, this was one of the first recipes I found. I had no idea that soda bread was so easy to make. Since this is a bread that doesn't involve yeast, there is no time needed for it to rise. So if you're one of those people who just can't take the plunge to try a recipe with yeast, this would be a great alternative.

I chose this recipe because it was the first one I found that didn't include additions to the bread. I'm just not a person who likes fruit or anything in their bread. 




Irish Soda Bread
Source: All Recipes
Yield: 1 round
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Ingredients:
    • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
    • 4 tbs. sugar
    • 1 tbs. baking powder
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1 egg
    • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk, divided
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted  

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine 4 cups of flour, the  sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
3. Cut in the butter, using your fingers or a pastry blender until the dough resembles coarse crumbs.
4. Pour in 1 cup of buttermilk and add the egg. Stir until combined.
5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and if needed, add the remaining 1/2 cup of flour to make the dough manageable.
6. Knead the dough for a minute and then form into a large ball.
7. Place the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup buttermilk with the melted butter and brush over the dough. Use a sharp knife to cut an X into the top of the dough.
8. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, brush with remaining buttermilk mixture and return to the oven for another 30 minutes.
9. Let cool on a wire rack.

I didn't know what to expect soda bread to taste like but its a combination of a biscuit, bread and a muffin. Or at least thats what it reminded me of. Since its such an easy bread to make I definitely plan on making this again and not just for St. Patrick's Day!

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