Friday, March 4, 2011

Irish Soda Bread~Food for Friday~3*4*11

Thanks to my Maternal Grandpa, I have a wee bit of Irish blood coursing through my veins. Seeing as how it is just right around the corner, todays recipe will be in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

Irish Soda Bread
makes one 8-inch round loaf

1 tablespoon butter, softened
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 to 1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 425. With a pastry brush coat a baking sheet evenly with the tablespoon of softened butter.

Sift the flour, soda and salt together into a deep mixing bowl. Gradually add 1 cup of the buttermilk, beating constantly with a large spoon until the dough is firm enough to be gathered into a ball. If the dough crumbles, beat up to 1/2 cup more buttermilk into it by the tablespoon until the particles adhere.

Place the dough on a lightly floured board, and pat and shape it into a flat circular loaf about 8 inches in diameter and 1 1/2 inches thick. Set the loaf on the baking sheet. Then with the tip of a small knife, cut a 1/2-inch-deep X into the dough, dividing the top of the loaf into quarters.

Bake the bread in the middle of the oven for about 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Serve at once.

“May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live”
~Irish Blessing~