Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Happy St. Patrick's Day! I thought in the spirit of the holiday, I would actually bake something traditional instead of simply dying food green (although I did use to love making green eggs and ham when I was younger on this holiday). Green eggs and ham are out and bread is in. Especially Irish Soda Bread...
Ingredients (I adapted this recipe from tons I found online):
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup raisins
-Mix the flours, sugar, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl.
-Cut the 4 tablespoons of butter into small pieces and begin mixing into the flour mixture. Once butter is mixed in well, stir in the cup of raisins.
-Make a well into the center of the mix and pour the egg (beaten) and buttermilk into the bowl. Mix with a spoon until dough is thick and stiff to stir. Knead the bread in the bowl for a few minutes, until it can form a ball. Place the dough onto your counter and form a ball.
-Grease a baking sheet and place the ball of dough onto it. Cut an "x" into the dough (I made mine a little deeper than necessary :). Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes or until browned.
I have never had Irish Soda Bread before, so I honestly can't say if the bread I baked tastes like the original or not. However, either way it does taste good! Perfect after heated in the toaster or microwave with a little butter on top.
St. Partick's Day isn't over yet, so get to the store and buy the ingredients for this bread! Or, just buy the bread from the grocery store since it is much easier ;) Either way, you should try it. And although I am sure the recipe I used isn't technically authentic, it is better than eating green eggs & ham, right? Hope you are having a great green day! The little guy I nanny for made this today for you to see...