Irish Soda Bread

March 12, 2016

 

 St. Patrick's Day is coming soon, so I thought I would type this post in an Irish accent and share this recipe from a family friend, Martha Johnson.  Mrs. Johnson came to Toronto from Ireland in 1918 and worked for Lady Eaton before marrying a handsome young chap and moving to a farm in Guelph, Ontario (I'm just guessing he was handsome...they were all handsome and polite back then...and chivalrous...and sincere...and like Jamie from "Outlander"!!)...sorry, I believe we were talking about food...this is Mrs. Johnson's family recipe for Irish Soda bread :)

 First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees, then you will need: all purpose flour, butter, baking powder, baking soda, salt, granulated sugar, an egg, buttermilk and currants.

 In a large bowl, add 2 cups of all purpose flour...

 ...a 1/4 cup of granulated sugar,

 ...a 1/2 tsp. of salt and 2 tsp's of baking powder (mix ingredients with a fork until combined).

 Next, add 6 tbsp's of cold butter to the flour mixture...(*note: a 1/4 cup of butter, is equal to 4 tbsp's)

 ...and blend it into the flour mixture using a pastry cutter (or 2 knives), until crumbly.

 Stir in 3/4 of a cup of dried currants.

 In a smaller bowl, combine 2/3 of a cup of cold buttermilk,

...1 egg and a 1/2 tsp. of baking soda...beat with a fork until combined.

Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour/butter concoction,

 ...then stir with a fork until a soft dough forms.

 The dough will be sticky at this point...

 Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form into a ball...try to work the dough as little as possible, as that will toughen your soda bread.

 Score the top of your dough ball in a criss cross with a sharp knife...

 ...then, place into a greased cast iron pan or onto a parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle the top with granulated sugar.

 Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for about 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.

 Remove soda bread from baking pan and place onto a wire cooling rack.

 Serve warm slices of soda bread with butter and a spot of Irish breakfast tea...Enjoy! 

 

 

Irish Soda Bread

 

2 cups of all purpose flour

1/4 cup of granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. of salt

2 tsp's of baking powder

6 tbsp's of cold, unsalted butter

3/4 cup of currants

2/3 cup of buttermilk

1 egg 

1/2 tsp. of baking soda

 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees...In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and stir with a fork until combined.

 

2. Using a pastry cutter, blend in the butter until crumbly, then stir in the currants.  

 

3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg and baking soda...add to the flour/butter mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.

 

4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form into a ball...score the top in a criss cross pattern with a sharp knife.  

 

5. Put the dough into a greased pan and bake for about 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.

 

6. Remove from oven and place the soda bread onto a wire cooling rack.

 

 Serve warm with butter or jam...or both and a hot cup of tea!

 

* note: slices of soda bread are excellent toasted the next day

 

 

 

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