Super Simple Irish Soda Bread
Happy Healthy Holidays!
A good old fashioned soda bread with just the basic ingredients. Buttermilk gives this crusty loaf a good flavor. One of the best Irish soda breads available!
4 cups all purpose flour
4 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf.
Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 30 to 50 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.
Irish Soda Bread: Did You Know?
At the turn of the 20th century while other parts of Britain preferred hard wheat flour and moved away from quick breads, the Irish stuck with soft wheat and the Soda Bread.
In 1908 2/3rds of the flour used in Ireland was soft wheat and primarily imported from the US. American flour was 90 percent of what was used in Belfast, and Dublin's use of American flour reached 80 percent. Another link across the sea.
Yield: 16 servings (1-1/2 pound loaf)
Serving size: 1 slice Calories: 172; Protein: 3g; Total Fat: 7g; Sodium: 260mg; Cholesterol: 17mg; Carbohydrates: 22g; Fiber: 0g
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