Thursday, March 18, 2010
Irish Soda Bread
So, 2 things. Yes, it's amazingly easy, and yes, it's amazingly delicious. Okay, and the best comments EVER on this one. Gotta love those comments.
4 C white flour (you can substitute some wheat in there, but it makes it heavier, so not too too much)
4 Tbsp white sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick (1/2 C) butter, softened (okay, I changed to butter from margarine)
1 C buttermilk
1/4 C butter, melted
1/4 C buttermilk
Preheat oven at 450 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add butter, and mix in well. I used my hands. You can use a pastry cutter or fork too. Then add the buttermilk and egg. Mix well. Make into a ball, and put out on lightly floured counter. Kneed a couple times. Put the dough on a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Slice an X across the top with a knife. Glaze with the butter mixture. Bake until pretty brown at 450, about 20 minutes. Keep an eye on it. Lower to 350 to finish. Check with a toothpick, to see if it comes out clean. About 45 minutes plus or minus 10.
This was so delicious. Perfect crusty outside, soft inside and so tasty. I could/should have doubled it. Not one big loaf, but 2.