Anyway, today I am providing a recipe that will partner with my post for tomorrow. I use this bread as a sort of "topping" but it can also be sliced and eaten that way. I have had a few slices with butter and mmmm, it is good. I was awful when this came out of the oven, because I kept taking small chunks and munching on them. I let my picky-eater brother try it and he even enjoyed it! Yea! This recipe is easy (especially for bread), so I hope you all enjoy!
Irish Soda Bread (from Allrecipes)
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 Tbsp. baking powder (I promise, this is the correct measurement. I was skeptical, but the bread is awesome!)
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup margarine, softened
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- Lightly grease a large baking sheet, or put a piece of parment paper on a baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and margerine.
- Stir in the cup of buttermilk and the egg.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly.
- Form dough into a round and place onto the prepared baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and the 1/4 cup of buttermilk. Brush this mixture onto the loaf.
- Cut an X into the top of the bread with a sharp knife.
- Bake for 35- 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter and buttermilk mixture while it bakes if you wish.
- Serve and enjoy!
Yield: 20 servings
Time: A little over an hour.
As you can see, this recipe isn't that difficult. There isn't a rising time, which is fantastic! I love making bread, but it is nice to have a recipe that doesn't take 4 hours between rising and cooking. I hope you all get a chance to try this!