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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Irish Soda Bread...



Camera guy filmed this video of me making Irish Soda Bread.  This is a quick bread so it is completely different than many of the breads I've been making lately. Spread it with some butter (salted) and some nice jam or marmalade...and enjoy!  It is quick, easy and inexpensive!

Ingredients
3cups all-purpose flour
1cup cake flour
1 1/2teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2teaspoons cream of tartar
1 1/2teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2cups buttermilk
1 tablespoon melted butter
Instructions
1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees and adjust a rack to the center position. Place the flours, soda, cream of tartar, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub it into the flour using your fingers until it is  incorporated and the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and add the buttermilk. Work the liquid into the flour mixture using a wooden spoon or dough whisk  until the dough comes together in large clumps. Dump  the dough onto a work surface and knead briefly until the loose flour is just moistened. The dough will still be rough and uneven.

2. Form the dough into a dome shape about 6 to 7 inches in diameter and place in a cast iron skillet. Score a 1 inch deep  cross on top of the loaf and place in the heated oven. Bake until nicely browned and a tester comes out clean when inserted into the center of the loaf, about 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with a tablespoon of melted butter. Cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

Until we bake again...
Penny

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