Spring — wherefore art thou? A Nor’easter blew through my region the other day, covering tulips, daffodils, and everything else in its path with nearly three feet of snow. I took advantage of the day by re-making and re-photographing my recipe for Irish Soda Bread. And afterwards, I did what any self-respecting food blogger would do:
I ate the entire loaf.
Irish Soda Bread is a cinch to make! I make mine with hearty whole wheat, tangy buttermilk, and dark brown sugar. It’s irresistibly delicious.
Since I’m an unabashed heretic, I bake the dough in a loaf pan. This way I can easily slice the bread for delicious sandwiches and magnificent toast.
Here’s the step-by-step recipe:
To start, pour 2 cups graham flour and 1 cup all-purpose flour into a big bowl.
No graham flour in your pantry? Use ordinary whole wheat flour.
Add 1 teaspoon baking powder…
And 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt.
Whisk thoroughly to combine.
Then whisk in 3 tablespoons of dark brown sugar. You’ll end up with some tiny lumps of sugar in the bread, but that’s a good thing. As any 19th century Irish cook will tell you, the eater who receives such a sugar-clump in his or her slice of bread will be blessed with good luck.*
*I dare you to produce a 19th-century Irish cook who will contradict the above statement.
Next, crack 1 large egg into 1 3/4 cups of buttermilk…
And whisk them together.
Now find a spoon that’s as green as the grass in County Kilkenny…
And use it to blend the wet ingredients into the dry.
Scoop the dough into a generously buttered bread pan, and spread it out with a spatula.
Bake until the bread rises about 1 inch above the rim of the pan, and the crust turns a beautiful shade of brown — 45-50 minutes.
Let the loaf cool for 5 minutes in the pan, and then unmold it onto a wire rack.
When completely cool, the bread will slice very easily.
Folks, this bread is delicious as-is.
It’s even better when toasted and topped with homemade butter.
You don’t have to wait for St. Patrick’s Day to make this soda bread. You can make it today, during a snowstorm, just as I did.
The snowstorm in question. This photo was snapped early in the day, when my garden was still…recognizable.
And here’s another photo, post-storm. Brrr!
Did the “blizzard of 2017” strike your garden, too? Console yourself with some Irish Soda Bread!
And here, because I love you, is the above recipe in printable format:
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