Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Making Tuesday Tasty-Traditional Irish Soda Bread

St. Patrick's day festivities will be upon us very soon. Here is a great recipe I found for a traditional Irish soda bread.  The baking soda, or "bread soda" is used to leaven the bread instead of yeast.  Enjoy!

White Soda Bread

3.5 C all purpose flour
2 tbsp. caraway seeds (optional)
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1.5 C buttermilk


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly flour baking sheet. Mix flour, caraway seeds, if using, baking soda and salt in large bowl.  Mix in enough buttermilk to form moist clumps.  Gather dough into ball. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead just until dough holds together, about one minute.  Shape dough into 6-inch-diameter by 2-inch-high round.  Place on prepared baking sheet.  Cut 1-inch-deep X across top of bread, extending almost to edges.  Bake until bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on bottom, about 35 minutes.  Transfer bread to rack and cool completely.

*recipe courtesy of epicurious.com*