Thursday, March 15, 2012
Simple and Sweet Soda Bread
A number of years ago I had the pleasure of working with a few Irish clients and, consequently, found myself frequently dining at Irish restaurants. There was plenty on the menus to suit my taste but the soda bread was never particularly interesting to me. Last year, however, an Irish colleague brought a soda bread into the office and I was fortunate enough to get a small piece before it was set upon and devoured as if by a pack of ravenous wolves. The bread was actually made by a friend of hers and it was unlike any I'd had before.
AllRecipes and, while I did modify it slightly, it came out quite close to the bread I remembered.
I'm not sure which version of Irish soda bread is technically correct but I do know what I find delicious. We'll be feasting on this tasty loaf all weekend, assuming it actually lasts that long. Happy St. Patrick's Day and enjoy!
4 Cups all-purpose flour plus a little extra for patting out the dough
5 Tablespoons sugar
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Stick unsalted butter, softened
1 Cup buttermilk (I used low fat)
For the glaze:
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
2 Tablespoons buttermilk
According to AllRecipes, this makes 20 servings. Hahahahaha...