Wednesday, March 16, 2016
I love Irish soda bread, or at least the kind I have made in the past and that is readily available in our local grocery stores this time of year. It is so easy to make that I never buy it. I was looking for a recipe for this year and ran across this site: The Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread! Even though I love caraway seeds and currants, I decided to experiment this time by following the guidelines for real soda bread and just using flour, salt, baking soda and buttermilk. I have a really hard time following recipes, but the only change I made to this one was to use 1/2 white flour and 1/2 whole wheat flour. I did not knead it on a floured board but just pulled it all together with my hands. I did put a cake pan cover over the bread while it was baking, and I did not put any butter in it. The temptation was great to add the beloved caraway and currants, but I resisted, and thankfully so. The bread is wonderful. I have been cutting pieces off all afternoon, and at this rate there will not be much left for St. Patrick's day tomorrow. But I still have enough pastry flour and buttermilk for a second loaf... maybe I will put some currants and caraway in that one, for variety!
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