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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I ~ Irish Soda Bread

Event: Blogging Marathon #32
Theme: International / Fusion Food

I must admit that if not for this marathon and the letter 'I", I wouldn't have taken up this soda bread preparation. I like moist quick breads and somehow the fact that it is on the "dry and dense" side had always pulled me back from trying it even though I have bookmarked recipes for it. I copied this recipe from a cookbook I had borrowed long ago from my local library and the recipe got me a decent bread. 
Soda bread happens to be a quick bread, traditionally made using baking soda as the leavening agent. Flour, baking soda, buttermilk and salt are the ingredients of a traditional soda bread though butter, eggs, raisins / nuts can also be added.

Wet Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter milk 
(In absence of buttermilk, combine 3/4 cup warm milk + 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar in a bowl and add. This is what I added.)
2 Tbsp melted butter
Dry ingredients: 
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup dark raisins (I used dark and golden raisins)

* Preheat oven to 375 deg F. Grease a baking sheet and keep it aside.
* Combine all the dry ingredients except raisins until blended in a mixing bowl. Mix in butter, buttermilk (or milk - vinegar mixture) and raisins to form a soft dough. The dough would be wet and sticky.
* Knead the dough for a minute or so on floured surface.
* Shape it into a round loaf and place it on the baking sheet. Flatten it slightly with hand. Cut an 'X' shaped slash on the top using a knife.
* Bake until golden brown or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. (about 35- 45 minutes.)
* Cool on a wire rack before slicing.

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Chef Mireille said...

a classic that I love to make!!!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious and soft looking bread. Excellent preparation.

kitchen queen said...

yummy soft spongy and perfectly baked bread.

Harini-Jaya R said...

Love the look of the bread specially the first picture..I am sure my kids will have fun pulling out the raisins :)

vaishali sabnani said...

Book marking...the bread looks too good .Wish had the time to try it ASAP..but will surely try it soon.

Sandhya Karandikar said...

One more recipe to try for.

Pavani N said...

I like Irish soda bread with a healthy smear of butter :-)
Yours came out perfect.

Sreevalli E said...

Bread looks yum.. Have to try it soon..

Srivalli said...

Wow Suma, those pictures are so tempting..I am going to make this..thank you for making it eggless..

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Love the bread! Anything with raisin, my kids would love it...

Rajani S said...

The bread looks very well done.I am yet to try this classic, because I am worried that it will be dense and end up in the bin..

veena krishnakumar said...

I am yet to try this classic recipe...looks yummy