Traditional Traditional Irish Soda Bread Recipe
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Traditional Irish Soda Bread, either with beef or lamb, is a traditional meal of Ireland and
perfect for St. Patrick's Day.
And it is so easy to make and is a meal in itself! It only takes
about 20 minutes to prepare then about 2 hours in a large pot on the stove.
It is also perfect to cook in a slo-cooker or crockpot.There is an
history of Irish soda bread on this webpage
Traditional Traditional Irish Soda Bread
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
(or better still, 3 cups lower
protein unbleached all-purpose flour and 1 cup of plain cake
- 3 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 and 1/2
teaspoons baking soda
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 and 1/2 cup milk (preferably buttermilk)
- Optional: 1 cup or raisons, sultana or dried currants
- 1 round 9 inch pan with 2 inch tall sides, like a cake pan
(Or, if you don't have that, a loaf pan or anything with tall
- Mixing bowl
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Either grease the cake pan or line it with parchment paper.
- Whisk the flour,
sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt in a bowl
- Add in the softened butter and work by hand or using a
mixer with a paddle
- Add the buttermilk with a fork until it starts to
- Put the dough onto a well-floured board and knead it a few
times into the shape of a round loaf.
- Put the loaf on the prepared cake pan
- It is traditional to lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a
- Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the internal temperature
reaches 180 F and a knife comes out
- Cool to warm on a baking rack.
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