3/17/11

Irish Soda Bread



This was the first Irish Soda Bread that I baked. I researched a lot of recipes and the combo of ingredients caught my interest. The honey gave it a nice golden color and a slight sweetness and the melted butter gave it a nice, smooth consistancy. Such a comforting, old fashioned flavor, it reminded me of being in my Irish born grandmother's kitchen. I skipped the Caraway seeds and didn't have the buttermilk but I Googled the directions on how to make it out of regular milk (easy) and the directions are below... It came out great and everyone loved it! Give this one a try!


Recipe from: MommieCooks.com
http://www.mommiecooks.com/2011/03/14/irish-soda-bread/
Total Time: 1 hour 10 min

Ingredients:

4-3/4 cups Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Caraway Seeds
3 Tbsp Honey
1 Egg
1-1/2 cups Buttermilk
4 Tbsp Butter, Melted


Directions:

To a bowl add together your dry ingredients; the flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix well.
Add in the caraway seed and combine.
Now add in the honey, egg, and buttermilk. Stir it up until a dough just begins to form.
Add in the melted butter and knead dough until all ingredients are combined. Don't overknead.
Form into a ball and cut a few 1" slits at the top.
Place dough on a baking sheet and place in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 50 min. to an hour.
Test with a toothpick in the center to assure loaf is cooked completely






















How to turn milk into Buttermilk:













Just under 1 cup of milk
1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice
Measuring cup
Directions:
1- Place the white vinegar or lemon juice into a measuring jug.
2- Pour the milk into the same measuring jug until the mixture reaches the
1 cup marking
3- Stir the mixture so that the vinegar or lemon juice is well distributed through
the milk.
4- Allow the mixture to stand, unstirred, for five minutes.
5- Use the amount of buttermilk required by your recipe.

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