Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Irish Soda Bread

by Christi Jardine - Stake Provident Living Leader
Try something new and make some Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day! My daughter started Irish Dancing about 4 years ago and soon after that I discovered I had a pioneer grandmother from Ireland who is buried in the Salt Lake Cemetery. It has given us renewed interest in Family History and our Irish heritage.

Even if you do not have Irish Ancestry, it is fun to learn about another part of the world and the great people who live there! So try making some Irish Soda Bread and you too can be touched with a bit o' the "luck of the Irish"! 

White Soda Bread
adapted by Christi
4 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 3/4 cup (14 oz.) buttermilk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a round cake pan. Or a small (12") dutch oven works great! (If you have light weight aluminum cake pans turn down the oven to 400 degrees).

In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients and mix well to distribute soda and salt evenly through flour. Add the buttermilk to from a sticky dough. Place on a lightly floured surface and shape into round flat loaf. Place in cake pan or dutch oven and cut a cross in the top about 1/4" deep.

Cover the cake pan with another round cake pan (or put lid on dutch oven) and bake for 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake until golden brown. (This will take an additional 5-15 min. Depending on your oven.)

When the bread is done tap the bottom of the bread and it will sound hollow.  Cover the bread with a tea towel and lightly sprinkle or spray(with a water bottle) with water. This keeps the bread moist.
Serves: 12-16   

Happy St. Patrick's Day!