Sunday, March 13, 2011

Irish Soda Bread

It's St. Patrick's Day this week and if you know me, you can imagine how much I love this holiday.  I lived in Ireland for a year and a half serving a mission for my Church and absolutely fell in love with the people and the culture.  And even though the food wasn't as rich and flavorful as I was use to back at home, I loved it and embraced it all.  Except black pudding..... never did quite get used to that.  But this week I will be posting some of my favorite Irish-inspired recipes (Americanized a wee bit) for you to enjoy.  Let's get this party started!

{What you need}

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large
baking sheet.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf.
Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, check at 30 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.

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