Sunday, March 16, 2014

Irish Soda Bread

This authentically Irish Soda Bread is great at any time of the year, but especially served with a slab of butter and a mug of Green Beer on the eve of St. Patricks Day! 

Irish Soda Bread:

3-½ c. all-purpose flour
½ c. natural bran
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
1-¾ c. buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400 deg. F. To large bowl, add flour, bran, baking soda, salt, and sugar, combining throughly. Add buttermilk all at once, mixing with hands to form a ball. Turn onto floured surface, kneading lightly 10 or 12 times. Do not over-knead or dough will toughen. Shape and pat into a round about 1-in. (2.5 cm) thick. With sharp knife, score top with an X. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 30-to-35 min. or until golden and a toothpick inserted  at the center comes out clean. Slice into wedges, serving warm with butter. Makes one loaf with 8-to-10 wedges.

As for that Green Beer … Put 4 drops of liquid green food coloring in the bottom of a chilled beer mug. Add a light-colored beer such as a lager or pilsener. Done! Tip: Don’t use food gel because it doesn’t mix as easily and don’t fall into the trap of believing blue food coloring + yellow beer = green beer. Uh-uh.

Tomorrow: Irish Farls.

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