4 Irish Soda Bread Recipes To Try This St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching with the all the corned beef, cabbage and potatoes you can eat. Another great traditional element of this great meal is Irish Soda Bread. A type of quick bread, Irish Soda bread became popular in Irish culture with the introduction of bicarbonate of soda in 1840.
Since it doesn't require yeast to rise it is an excellent way to make nutritious bread without the expense. According to legend, the cross on top symbolizes the crucifixion or is used wards off fairies. In reality, it actually helps the bread rise so don't forget to add it. The basic ingredients include flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk but then you can add nuts and raisins to make it really special.
This classic Irish bread can be made any time of the year. It's very easy and so delicious.
2 C. sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. double-acting baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. sugar
1/4 C. chilled shortening
1/2-1 C. raisins or currants
2 tsp. caraway seeds
1 beaten egg
2/3 C. buttermilk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Cut shortening into the flour with a pastry blender, until the mixture has the consistency of coarse cornmeal. Stir in raisins and caraway seeds. Add egg and buttermilk to dry ingredients and stir well. Knead briefly and place in a greased 8-inch round pan. Press down so dough will fill the pan. Cut a bold cross over the top and sides so the bread will not crack in baking. Bake 35 to 40 minutes.
Yield: 1 8-inch round loaf