Sunday, March 17, 2013

Irish Soda Bread

4 cups (16 oz) of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
14 oz of buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 425 F. degrees.
Lightly grease and flour a cake pan.
In a large bowl sift and combine all the dry ingredients.
Add the buttermilk to form a sticky dough.
Place on floured (use about 1-2 Tablespoons, at most) surface and lightly knead (too much allows the gas to escape)
Shape into a round flat shape and place in round cake pan and cut a cross in the top of the dough (see photo).
Cover the pan with another pan and bake for 30 minutes (this simulates the bastible pot or Dutch Oven used to bake Irish Soda Bread).
If  you have a Dutch Oven then just lightly oil it and place the dough once shaped and cover.
Remove cover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
The bottom of the bread will have a hollow sound when tapped so show it is done.

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