Irish Soda Bread

There is nothing that makes me happier than bread, well good bread anyways. Part of my penchant for bakeries is about the sweets and part of it is about the bread. I love to check out the variations and permutations of one of my favorite foods. A carb avoider, I am not.

Baked bread

This weekend my mom and I had a bit of a bake fest and on the agenda was soda bread. This is a family favorite that makes our Irish hearts happy. Soda bread is a go-to kind of a food. You can serve it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It is also perfect for afternoon tea or mid-morning tea for that matter. So take a few moments and whip yourself up a Stewart family favorite, you won’t be disappointed. Given that St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us, perhaps you’ll use that as an excuse to treat yourself.

6 cups all purpose flour, sifted
1 tsp baking soda
3 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
4 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350. Measure and sift flour into a large bowl. Sift the baking powder and baking soda into the flour. Add salt. Stir the flour mixture well with a wooden spoon. Add sugar and mix well. Add buttermilk one cup at a time and stir until just mixed. The dough will be sticky.

Sifting
Flour your work surface. Divide dough in two sections. Place one section on the floured surface. Sprinkle a small amount of flour on the dough. Gently knead it into a round disc.

The rounded dough

Try not to over-handle the dough. Transfer the dough to prepared baking tin (lightly greased and floured). Flour a knife and cut a cross into the tops of each. Bake at 350 for about an hour.

Cutting

Variations:  Add 2 cups of raisins.
Caraway seeds to taste (usually 1/8 cup)

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