Monday, March 19, 2012

IRISH SODA BREAD

I hope you all had a delightful St. Pat's Day!   We were going to a friend's party that evening and I was asked to bring an appetizer.  I decided to make Irish Soda Bread, which is a quick bread made with baking soda instead of yeast.


One food site that I use is Allrecipes.com..  It is a site of recipe postings by readers; and the numerous ratings and critiques of the recipes are very informative.  This recipe is very easy, very quick, moist and delicious.


Grandma McAndrew's Irish Soda Bread
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1-1/4 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup corn oil
1 cup raisins (optional)
Preheat oven to 350º.  Grease a baking sheet or line a sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients:  flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  In another bowl whisk together the wet ingredients:  eggs, buttermilk and corn oil.  Make a well in the center of the dry mixture, and pour in the wet mixture.  If using raisins, add them and stir a few times, just until the ingredients come together into a soft dough.  Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and with floured hands shape dough into a ball.  Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet, and cut a large cross in the top with a sharp knife.  Place the bread on a middle rack of the preheated oven, and bake until golden brown, about 35 minutes.  

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