Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Irish Soda Bread - March 17, 2015
When our children lived with us, we made somewhat of a celebration of St. Patrick's Day and would always rehearse his history and selfless contributions that he made to the Irish people in his lifetime. Then we always had corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and Irish Soda Bread for dinner!
Now that it is just my husband and me, I have opted for making a batch of Irish Soda Bread. I just ate some. It is wonderful and I wanted to share my most recent method and recipe with you, Gentle Readers.
IRISH SODA BREAD
Preheat oven to 375 F.
In a bowl, combine the following
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (I love King Arthur's)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 Tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Whisk that together well, then...
Grate in 3 Tablespoons of COLD butter, mixing it in with your fingers, a bit at a time.
Then, combine the following:
3/4 cup plain full-fat yogurt (my favorite is Dannon)
1/4 cup whole milk
Add the liquid, all at once, to the dry ingredients and stir with a fork.
The dough needs to be moist but not sloppy. Adjust the amount of flour, or add a little more milk if needed.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface and only knead it a LITTLE BIT. Just enough to get it into sort of a big round thing. Don't work it much, as it will get tougher then.
Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Press into a 7 inch circle. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross in the top.
Place the baking sheet into your oven and bake for 30 minutes. When it is getting browned, it is done. Don't over bake.
Remove and allow to cool on the pan.
Slice, serve with butter and enjoy!