Sunday, October 28, 2007

Traditional Irish Soda Bread

I couldn’t find any buttermilk around the neighborhood so I replaced it with skim milk.

My traditional Irish soda bread has a rough surface cos I didn’t knead the dough and smoothen it with flour.

It’s a little too heavy but overall does taste like bread and its goes very well with kaya and butter.

- 2½ cups all purpose flour

- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 - 1¼ cups buttermilk

- Preheat oven to 350F (177°C).
- In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir together.
- Make a well in the center and add 1 cup of the buttermilk, reserving ½ cup.
- Combine dry ingredients and buttermilk with a fork.
- Gradually add more of the remaining liquid until a soft dough is formed.

- Knead the dough lightly on a floured surface for 1 minute.
- Form into a slightly flattened circle.
- Place on a parchment lined (or silicone baking mat) cookie sheet.
- Mark a large ½-inch deep X with a sharp knife and bake soda bread for 40-45 minutes.
- The bread is ready when it is golden and sounds hollow when tapped

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