Friday, February 11, 2011

Irish Soda Bread - Recipe

I know that love is in the air with Valentine's Day just around the corner, but here is a recipe that I found for St. Patty's Day. It's called Irish Soda Bread and it is super easy to make. I made it this morning and had it with some butter and coffee. It is a very rustic looking bread and would be wonderful with thick stews, hearty soups or juicy meat dishes. It is perfect for sopping yummy juices left over from meats or gravies. Obviously, if you want to go Irish, this Irish soda bread would go wonderfully with a corned beef.

Here is the recipe:
1 1/3 Cups of whole milk
1/3    Cup of apple-cider vinegar
3       Cups of all-purpose flour, plus more for surface and dusting
2 1/2  teaspoons coarse salt. (If you are using Kosher salt, use only 2 tsps.
1        teaspoon of baking powder
1        teaspoon of baking soda
4        Tablespoons of cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1        Cup of Quaker oats or bran
1        Cup of raisins
          Butter for serving

1. Preaheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Mix milk and vinegar in a small bowl, and let stand until thickened, about 5 minutes.
2. Mix flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. Cut in butter with knives or pastry cutter. Until mixture resemble very coarse meal. Try not to use your hands. Add in the oats and raisins, stir to distribute.
3. Pour milk mixture into flour mixture. Stir dough together. The dough will be very sticky Do not over stir. Turn dough unto floured surface. Pat and press dough into a round dome-shaped loaf.
4. Light dust top of loaf with flour. With a knife cut an X into the top. Make sure it is about 1 inch deep. My X didn't show on my bread because I didn't make the cut deep enough.
5. Bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until golden brown. Rotate halfway through. Check your bread in about an hour. The bread is ready when you can insert a fork and it comes out clean. My bread was ready in about an hour.

I am going to use this bread as a bread bowl and put some kind of potato chowder or brocolli and cheese soup. I will post pictures when I do it!

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