These days the web is full of Irish recipes because of St. Patrick’s. And I kind of had to bake bread today as the whole wheat bread of the other day was done. So I decided to bake some Irish soda bread.
I went exploring on the web and tried to find a good recipe. Most recipe call for buttermilk and sure enough I didn’t have any, so I ended up here and they have not only great explanations but also instructions for buttermilk alternatives. I ended up simply using milk, but I gave a though to making my own buttermilk and butter as explained here. Maybe another time, looks simple enough.
As a first attempt, I think it turned out pretty well! It is particularly good when smothered in butter…
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flous
- 1 and 1/2 cups milk
- 1 and 1/2 spoons baking soda
- pinch salt
- pinch pepper
- Here is what I did. I took my food processor out, poured in 2 cups of white flour and 1 of whole wheat flour. I added a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar and a little more than a spoon of baking soda. Started the mixer and then added milk.
- I kept adding milk until the dough came together in a ball, probably I added 1 and 1/2 cup or milk or so.
- I then moved the bread over some parchment paper and sprinkled a bit of flour on it. I cut a cross on top of the loaf and put it in a 400F oven for about 40 minutes.
- During the cooking, the bread rose and opened a bit. Following advice from the Irish soda bread experts, I checked that the bottom sounded hollow when I took the bread out of the oven and let the bread set before breaking it.
- I am glad I gave this a shot, because the bread turned out pretty amazing!
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