My family loves soda bread and I make it every ST. Patrick’s Day. The following recipe was given to me by Mother-in-law which she inherited while living in Inishbofin, Co Galway
. This was their every day bread recipe but as she tells me, “you make fancy bread with raisins or currants when company is coming”. Ireland
It is wonderfully delicious topped with butter and orange marmalade or just by itself. Sláinte!
|Irish Soda Bread|
Irish Soda Bread
3 cups Whole wheat flour
2 cups White flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking soda
1 1/2 tsp Salt
3 tsp sugar
2 cups Buttermilk
1 cup Raisins (if desired)
Mix flours, salt, sugar and baking soda thoroughly. Gradually mix in the liquid and stir. Depending on the flour, you may need more or less buttermilk. Add raisins if desired. The dough should be soft but controllable. Knead the dough into a ball with your hands floured. Put on a lightly floured baking sheet and flatten out in a circle 2” thick.
With a wet knife, make a cross through the center of the bread so that it will easily break into quarters when it is baked. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes; reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake a further 15 minutes. Wrap the bread in a damp dish towel and let cool.