aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

By request -- recipe

Tammie Lawrence asked for this. It is my basic soda bread recipe. It is never failing. Soda bread has a grainy crumb. It sops up soups and stews wonderfully. Try it with cream cheese instead of butter sometime.

Irish Soda Bread

Combine the following:
3 cups AP flour,
1 tsp salt,
1.5 tsp baking powder,
1 tsp soda,
1 Tbsp brown sugar
I usually use a whisk to aerate this, rather than bothering with sifting. If I don't have that, I fluff with a fork or by hand. Whatever you do, it'll work.

Add 1.5 cups milk. Any kind of milk: whole milk, 2%, fresh/old, what have you. Buttermilk adds a distinct tang if you use that. For the purpose of making this bread, milk's milk.

Mix by hand until the dough just comes together. Don't overmix. If the batter is too soupy, add more flour and work it in until you can just handle it without it clinging to you. It'll feel like slightly sticky biscuit dough.

Pat together into a round, flat loaf. Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes. To make more than one loaf, just multiply the ingredients.

Let cool completely before slicing.

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