March 6, 2011

Holiday Recipe: Irish Soda Bread on St. Patrick's Day

by T.C. Savage

Most of us know that St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching. People have adopted this fun holiday, even when they aren’t Irish. So, on March 17th you could make some lamb stew or maybe you could just dye all your food green.  Irish Soda Bread goes well with any soup or stew and you could color it green, but it looks weird when you eat it and end up with green bread in your teeth, but, hey—it’s up to you.

Irish Soda Bread
- makes one loaf

1 cup whole wheat flour
1-1/8 cup all-purpose flour, unsifted
½ t. salt
1 ½ t. baking powder
½ t. baking soda
1/8 cup sugar
2 Tbs. butter
1 egg
7/8 cup buttermilk

In a large bowl stir together the whole wheat flour, the all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and sugar until thoroughly blended. Cut in the 2 Tbs. butter with a pastry blender or two knives until crumbly.

In a separate bowl, beat egg slightly and mix with buttermilk; stir into dry ingredients until blended. Turn out on a floured board and knead until smooth (2 to 3 minutes).

Shape into a smooth, round loaf; place in a greased 9-inch cake or pie pan. Press down until dough fills the pan. With a sharp knife, cut crosses in the top of the loaf, about ½ inch deep.

Bake in a 375° F oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until nicely browned.

T.C. Savage has lived in Oregon for over two decades and enjoys cooking, baking, gardening and holidays.

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