Thursday, March 11, 2010
Easy Irish Soda Bread
The following is an excerpt from 500 Treasured Country Recipes by Martha Storey & Friends.
When St. Patrick's Day comes, we're all a little Irish. This delicious fruit-studded bread is good on the 364 other days of the year, too. And it is one of the easiest breads you'll ever make — no blarney!
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄2 cup raisins or dried currants (optional)
11⁄2–2 cups buttermilk (or use regular milk combined with 2 teaspoons white or cider vinegar)
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter a baking sheet or cake pan.
2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, and soda, then stir in the raisins, if desired. Add enough buttermilk to make a soft, kneadable dough.
3. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface, and knead it briefly. Shape into a round loaf, and place it on a baking sheet. Cut a cross in the top of the loaf with a single-edged razor blade or a very sharp floured knife.
4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a rack.
Yield: 1 loaf