Saturday, December 05, 2009

In the Kitchen: Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup corn oil
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
1 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon milk

Preheat the oven to 350*F. Lightly grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, stir the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, buttermilk, and oil together. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk mixture. Add the caraway seeds and raisins. Stir until a soft dough has formed.

Shape the dough into a large ball on a lightly floured board [I just do it in the bowl for less mess] (flour your hands if necessary for easier handling). With a sharp knife, make a cross on the top. Place on the prepared pan. Brush the top with the milk. Bake in the center of the oven until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes.

[from The Irish Heritage Cookbook by Margaret M. Johnson]
Everyone seems to cross the cross differently on their soda bread. Just search Google Images for Irish Soda Bread, and you will see what I mean. My family likes deep cuts -- almost cutting it completely through. However, if you do it this way, have your foil ready. It will be done on the peaks much earlier than in the valleys which will still be doughy. I start covering it about half way through the baking time -- even using two pieces of foil to allow a separation and allow direct heat on the center. Don't leave the caraway seeds out; they are really what make this recipe special.


Under Southern Skies said...

That looks good, Elizabeth! Could you post the recipe?

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

Thanks! I posted the recipe for you and added a picture too. Enjoy! Let me know if you make it!

Susanna Moore said...

This was delicious!!! You took some lovely pictures of it, too :) Irish Soda Bread can be tricky, but yours turned out perfectly. It complimented the meal really well.

Robert said...

Your Irish Soda Bread was perfect! It's one of my favorites.