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Dean_01

Irish Soda Bread

Here is a picture of my irish soda bread, i have made quite a few of these with variable results....plenty of fails more so due to using other things than buttermilk.

This one was made using my own buttermilk (one which ford mentioned to do, where as you start with buttermilk and upkeep your own supply using milk and gelatine, which worked brilliantly thanks ford.).  This is the best one i have made, and the quickest one i put together and got into the oven. it was cooked using my dutch oven type dish (cast iron).

 

just if your wondering on the bread bin thats chocolate as i had just created a batch of chocolate cakes haha.

 

Dean.

 

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BettyR

I love Irish Soda Bread, would you mind sharing your recipe?

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Dean_01

Hi, i am glad you like the look of it :), more than happy to give you the reciepe.

400g plain flour (all purpose)

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/2 tsp salt (you can increase a bit if you want)

1/2 tsp sugar **

300 ml buttermilk*

 

Now with the buttermilk you can use substitutions but as i put from previous posts it just does not turn out right at all. buttermilk all the way for me.

* now the this can vary a little some times a little less some times a little more as it depends on your flour's absorbency.

** i prefer it with a little sugar as i find it keeps it nice and light, as does the salt and for taste :), it does not make it sweet. i have done it without its better with the little sugar i find.

This particular dough for this bread i made was very quickly made well under 10 minutes, trick is to get it in the oven easy under 10 minutes while bicarb. is really active still.

Also i hardly handle it :), what i do is once it is made in the mixing bowl i use a dough scraper pushing it to different sides of the bowl so i can sprinkle flour on all sides, once that is done i use a curculer motion with the bowl and the dough starts spinning round the bowl ;p, its great fun and it means i hardly handle it and it creates a good shaped dough ball. then basicly drop it into/onto your baking tray/dutch oven or which ever you use :) push down slightly on it, put your cross on and cook away :).

I put mine in my dutch oven type dish, 30 minutes gas mark 8, then 15 minutes to 30 minutes with lid off on gas mark 7.  Cooking times and temp will vary between what you cook it on.  for example i have used dutch oven  gas mark 7 for 30, then 15 to 30 with lid off still at gas mark 7 hehe.  for a baking tray i would say closer to top of the oven gas mark 8 for around 35-40m  just do your usual checks on it to make sure its done. :)

 

Dean

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ruralidle

The recipe looks fine but for the flour! Traditionally, Irish Soda Bread is not made with plain flour but something like this one http://www.shipton-mill.com/flour-direct/speciality-and-rare-flours/shop-34/organic-irish-soda-coarse-brown-bread-flour-406? .

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Dean_01

I have seen many a people make Irish soda bread/soda bread, this recipe is a perfectly acceptable Irish soda bread.  I do not use the term traditional for good reason :) the vast majority of people will not most likely buy that for many reasons...one could be cost.   Variations including white/brown mixes and so on they are all perfectly acceptable as Irish soda bread :).  Plain is perfectly fine to use and is wildly available to all :-).  thousands of recipes for Irish soda bread say plain/all purpose.

Its a beautiful loaf and very tasty you don't have to buy *traditional Irish flour or some such equivalent to enjoy this lovely quick bread.

and i am happy to see my irish friends love this loaf i make, they say its like having a bit of home with them when they have it.  Quite the compliment for sure.

 

 

Dean

 

 

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BettyR

I use a recipe that is very similar but it uses some fat. It calls for butter but I use shortening. Butter has gotten so expensive I sub shortening when I can.

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Dean_01

No i never have used any form of fat, and find the soda bread i have made not need anything else, but i am always one for trying new things.  The next few soda breads i am going to do are going to be a little different to what i normaly do.  For one i am going to make my standard one but with butter, probably around 15 - 20 grams.  Also i may make a brown irish soda bread, i do normaly prefer white type breads but will still happily eat different types :)

 

I totaly agree with you butter is expensive unfortunatly and so much baking requires it ;p.   On the sourdough i made which actualy worked this time i brushed melted butter on the top of the bread, by all that is great in the world it was lovely hehe.

Dean

 

 

 

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BettyR

Good bread is one of the finer pleasures in life.