Irish Soda Bread

 
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Irish Soda Bread is a traditional bread of the Emerald Isles and has been around since the early 1800's. The different regions of Ireland shape and cook their soda bread slightly differently, but the recipe has remained constant and very simple.

Here's the recipe that I grew up with with - I hope you enjoy it. It's a great accompaniment to my Guinness Beef Stew, just sayin'...

#RedFlagMoment Tip: Do not use quick oats for the rolled oats ingredient

Ingredients: (Makes: 5 loaves)

  • 2 lbs 4 oz Self-Rising Flour
  • 4 oz Margarine or Butter, ice cold
  • 1 cup Rolled Oats ¼ cup Wheat Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 1/3 cup Golden Raisins
  • 4 cups Buttermilk

Now Let’s Get Started:

Preheat oven to 350
Step #1: Cut ice cold margarine/butter in to equal sized cubes
Step #2: Combine all ingredients, except buttermilk, in mixer
Step #3: Mix on low speed for approximately 1 minute (2 minutes max - you are looking for a bread crumb consistency)
Step #4: Slowly add buttermilk and stop mixing immediately once all buttermilk is added
Step #5: Knead and fold dough on surface that has been dusted with self-rising flour
Step #6: Divide dough in to (5) 1 lb balls
Step #7: Score top with a thin cross from end to end of each dough ball
Step #8: Pat top of each dough ball with self-rising flour
Step #9: Bake at 350 for 20 – 30 minutes (check readiness by inserting skewer in to center of dough – skewer will come out clean when done)

Be Sweet. Be Tempted. ~Chef Maeve

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