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Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day!

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SylviaH

Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day!

Today I made Irish Soda Bread to enjoy with our St. Patrick's Day dinner!  I've listed the ingredients and if you would like to see photos of step by step instructions they are on my blog Here.  Making soda bread, takes a little practice.  The list of ingredients are what i used today, I added a little extra flour, while gently mixing the dough and used a heavily floured board to shape the dough.


1. 280 gms All Purpose Flour - low protein         


2. 8 gms baking soda - Always Fresh - I throw out anything over 6 mos. old


3. 4 gms salt


4. 4 gms Cream of Tartar - "      "


5  300 gms Buttermilk


 


 


 


 


     


 


 


                         Soda Farls     from the same recipe       Med Low Temperature bake apx. 10 minutes on each side in a well seasoned iron pan.  I also make


                         these on my electric griddle.



 


 


           Slice warm or cooled and eat with butter and jam or they make a wonderful bacon or corned beef sandwich.




 


 


                 


 


 


              I also made one replacing 1/4 cup of AP flour with 1/4 cup organic white whole wheat and 1 TBsp. caraway seed....not your traditional soda bread, but delicious with the corned beef.


 


          


 


                   Sylvia


 


 


                          



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Syd

You make it look so delcious with the butter and the jam, Sylvia. How could anyone not want to eat that?!  What is the knack to making soda bread, then?  Is it that you don't want to work the dough too much (similar to a muffin batter)?


Syd

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SylviaH

Thank you, Syd!  Yes, the gentle mix and a just enough kneads 2 or 3 apx. to bring the dough into a ball makes for a nice soda bread.  Because there is soda in the batter, it should be mixed, kneaded, shaped and into the oven, as quickly as possible or you will lose some of the benefit of the baking soda reacting with the buttermilk for a nice rise.  


Muffins and quick breads also requice care in the mixing, or you can end up with flat, tuff and chewy muffins.


Sylvia

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breadsong

Hi Sylvia,
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
I like your Irish soda bread, farls, and the spice version.
Thanks for the baking tips!
from breadsong

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SylviaH

Thank you, and a Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!


Sylvia

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MadAboutB8

Very nice, Sylvia. That's amazing that the bread really comes together without being crumbly. You did such a great job. Love that caraway bread too. They look fantastic.


Sue


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SylviaH

Thank you, Sue!  Making a well in the flour, and then adding the buttermilk to mix, makes for batter to come together nicely.  Also works for scones, quick breads and the like!


Sylvia