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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

Here's a little history on this family favorite. Soda Bread, in it's authentic state, dates back to the 1840's, and did not contain whiskey, candied fruit, caraway seeds or raisins. Adding raisins resulted in a bread called Spotted Dog, and it's not the authentic Irish recipe. This bread was a diet staple in Ireland and was made almost daily as the bread does not keep long. Also, the cross on the top was said to ward off evil.

4 cups (16 oz) of all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
14 oz of buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 425 F. degrees. Lightly grease and flour a round cake pan.

In a large bowl sift all the dry ingredients. Add the buttermilk to form a sticky dough. Place dough on a floured surface and lightly knead (too kneading much allows the gas to escape).

Shape into a round flat shape in the pan and cut a cross in the top of the dough.

Cover the pan with another pan and bake for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes. The bottom of the bread will have a hollow sound when tapped to show it is done.

Cover the bread in a tea towel and lightly sprinkle water on the cloth to keep the bread moist.

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