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Web's Best Recipe Irish Soda Bread

Maybe it's because I have a bit of Irish blood in my veins, but I have always loved recipe Irish soda bread. Leavened with -- you guessed it -- baking soda, this bread is especially good toasted and served with eggs, or eaten as an accompaniment to soups and stews.

And now, your first recipe Irish Soda Bread.

Tip: The breadlike version of recipe Irish soda bread is known as "soda cake" while the flat version is called "soda farl"

#1: Recipe Irish Soda Bread

3 1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda
1 1/4 cup to 2 1/2 cup buttermilk (quantity will vary depending on the flour's absorbency).

Grease a heavy skillet if you are making soda farl. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees if making soda cake.

Sift dry ingredients well. Soda must be thoroughly distributed throughout mixture.

Make a hole in the center and add half the buttermilk. Stir, adding buttermilk until dough looks fairly dry but is squashy.

Turn onto floured board and need for no more than ninety seconds. Over kneading will result in a tough bread.

For soda cake, shape the dough into a circle with a diameter of 8 or 9 inches. Cut a cross on top and place on a floured baking sheet. Bake for 45 or 50 minutes.

To make farl, shape the dough into a similar circle, and cut into four wedges. Plade in preheated skillet. Cook slowly on stovetop over low to medium heat. In about 20 minutes, the farls puff up and the bottom lightly browns. Turn and cook for another 20 minutes.

If a softer crust is desired, wrap farls or cakes in a dishtowel after baking.

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#2: Recipe Irish Soda Bread

6 cup flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 cup buttermilk
3 1/2 tbsp caroway seeds (optional)
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients well (including raising, if using). Add buttermilk all at once, and stir with a wooden spoon just until a soft dough forms.

Pour dough onto kneading surface and knead for about a minute until dough is smooth but not sticky. Add a little extra flour if dough seems to be too soft.

Divide dough in half and shape into two round loaves. Press the top down to slightly flatten.

Place on ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle a little extra flour on top of each loaf. Cut a cross on the top of each loaf. Rest for ten minutes, then bake for 40 minutes.

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#3: St. Patrick's Day Recipe Irish Soda Bread

Preheat over to 375 degrees.

4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp cardamom
1 /4 cup butter
1 egg, at room temperature
1 3/4 cup buttermilk, at room -temperature
1 1/2 cup currants (washed and picked over)
2 tsp grated lemon zest

Mix first six ingredients. Cut in butter with pastry blender.

Mix egg and buttermilk together, and add to the dry ingredients. Stir until blended. Add currents and lemon zest and stir well.

Turn onto floured surface and knead for three minutes until smooth.

Divide dough into half. Shape each half into a round loaf. Place each in a greased 8 inch cake pan, pressing down until dough fills the pan. Cut a cross on top of each loaf.

Bake for 40 minutes. Bread will sound hollow when you tap it. Cool on wire rack.

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Follow the links below for additional recipe Irish soda bread and other related items.


Recipe Irish Soda Bread: McGuire's Irish Pub Cookbook. This excellent little book offers great recipe Irish soda bread, plus recipes for a great many more Irish dishes.

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