Irish Soda Bread

Hello to all the Irish people in the crowd. Tomorrow you'll celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Every year I see soda bread recipes popping up around that day. So I decided to give it a try. And you know what guys? It is a fantastic bread making method. This recipe takes less than an hour! less than an hour from mixing the ingredients until getting out from the oven. It's quite nuts, no?!

It's important to use buttermilk as your liquid for that dough and the reason is that buttermilk reacts with the baking soda to give a maximum result! So I wouldn't recommend using any substitute.



250 gr white flour

250 gr whole what flour

420 ml buttermilk

10 gr baking soda

10 gr salt

125 gr variety of raisins and currants

Preparation steps:

- Preheat the oven to 400F or 200C.

- In a bowl mix the flours with baking soda and salt.

- Add the buttermilk and knead until consolidation.

- Add the raisins and currants.

- Keep kneading the dough on a floured working surface for about 4 minutes.

- Round the dough into a ball and place on a parchment paper.

- With a sharp knife or a scrapper- cut the dough to quarters. Then lightly bring the pieces together. Let the dough to rest for 15 min before putting in the oven.

- Bake for 35 minutes.

- Wait 15 minutes for the dough to cool down.

- Break with your hands and spread lots of soft butter, exactly like the Irish peeps would do.



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