IRISH SODA BREAD

A traditional Irish bread that is best made and eaten the same day. This basic bread is made from flour, buttermilk (sour milk), bicarbonate of soda and salt.
    
INGREDIENTS:
450g (16oz) plain flour (all-purpose flour)
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1 teaspoon finely ground salt
400g (14oz) buttermilk (or milk kefir or natural yoghurt)
    
METHOD:
1. Preheat oven to 220°C (425°F). 
2. Grease and flour a round cake tin (or Dutch oven).
3. Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large bowl.
4. Mix well.
5. Add the buttermilk.
6. Mix into a dough – it will be sticky.
7. Place dough onto a floured surface and knead 3-4 times.
8. Shape dough into a round flat shape.
9. Place bread into the lined cake pan.
10. Cut a cross into the top of the bread.
11. Cover the tin with foil (or place the lid onto the Dutch oven).
12. Bake bread for 30 minutes.
13. Remove foil (or lid)
14. Bake bread for 15 minutes or until the loaf makes a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom.
15. Wrap bread in a tea towel whilst warm to keep it fresh and moist.
    
SERVING IDEAS:
  • Freshly sliced
  • Toasted
  • Irish stew
  • Silverside (corned beef)
  • Potato and leek soup
  • Bacon
  • Blue cheese
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Honey
  • Jam
  • Lemon curd
  • Marmalade
  • Poached egg
  • Smoked salmon
   
  

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