Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Irish Soda Bread

I was out of bread and decided to use this chance to make Irish soda bread I wanted to try for a while. Being lazy at the moment, I did not want to open laptop and just threw basic ingredients I knew this type of bread requires, in a bowl. And voila! As happens to me often, great result comes when you expect rather failure. Bread come out actually looking as real loaf of bread, tasty, with perfect combination of saltiness and sweetness. Proportions in the recipe below are eyeballed, although I'm pretty good at estimation, so the recipe should be reliable one.


buttermilk - 3 cups
eggs - 2
salt - 1 tsp
sugar - 3 tbs
soda - 2 tsp
baking powder - 3 tsp
all-purpose unbleached flour - 3 cups
whole white wheat flour - 3 cups

- In a separate bowls, mix all dry and all wet ingredients.
- Add dry ingredients to wet and briefly stir to get sticky but not runny dough. Add some more flour if needed - dough has to be soft but holding together well.
- Cover bowl with dough and set aside for about 30 min for gluten to develop.
- Invert dough into generously oiled with light olive oil glass baking dish (I used dish in a shape of regular loaf).
- Pop in a preheated to 360F oven and bake for about 1 hour. Bread is done when it's well browned on the outside and sides seeing through glass seem to be browned as well.
- Take bread out of oven, lay it on its side and cover with clean towel.
- It's ready to eat when it's cooled down to slightly warm. Enjoy!

It's great with butter and caviar. Well, this bread is great just with butter also.

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