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Wednesday’s Appalachian News Express will feature a recipe for Irish Stew with a secret ingredient added in for a subtle but effective WOW factor.
Easy Homemade Bread for St. Patricks Day Recipe
I could tell you I grew up with Irish Soda Bread, but that would be a lie. The first time I tasted Soda Bread was at an Irish Pub near the University of Kentucky campus. The bread was thickly sliced, presented with a smear of butter, and had just a sprinkling of caraway seeds on the top. It was served with a piping hot Irish Stew and a pint of ale. I was a happy Coleen that day! Giggles
Soda Bread is a quick bread, no yeast involved. The ingredients are simple flour, salt; baking soda and buttermilk; that’s it. Oh – and a sprinkling of caraway seeds just because that’s the way Professor Lynaugh said it was supposed to be done.
Homemade bread is one of those things that makes a kitchen a happy place; a place I want to come home to after a long day at the office. White bread in a plastic wrapper has no soul. Where’s the love? Where’s the celebration of good grains and ingredients? I want something authentic. I want something that tastes like bread is supposed to taste.
If you have never made homemade bread, there’s no better time to start than right now!
Traditional Irish Soda Bread is fashioned into a round and a big X is cut into the loaf. Some say the X is to release the devil from the bread. Leave it to the Irish to spin a whimsical tale. Cutting an X gives more surface area to the loaf, and helps the bread cook more evenly.
Make a loaf or two today and serve it with a bowl of Jamerson’s Irish Stew and a cold brew. You will thank me and your family will thank you! Giggles
Irish Soda Bread Recipe with Caraway Seeds
Inspired by Lynaugh’s Pub in Lexington KY
Quick Bread Recipe, Bread Recipe, St. Patricks Day Recipe
- 4 cups of unbleached organic bread flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 2/3 cups of buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons of caraway seeds
1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Find 2 cake pans that are the same size; lightly grease one of them.
3. In a large mixing bowl whisk together dry ingredients.
4. Add buttermilk, stirring just enough that all ingredients are mixed through. Do not overwork.
5. Walk away about 5 minutes to let the leavening work.
6. On a lightly floured surface gently knead the dough a few times and shape into a domed round loaf.
7. Pat the caraway seeds on the top.
8. Cut a cross in the top of the loaf, going down about ¾ of the height.
9. Place in the greased cake pan, top with the ungreased pan and bake about 30 minutes.
10. Remove top cake pan and bake an additional 15 minutes. The loaf will be browned and when tapped will have a hollow sound.
Total cook time 45 minutes.
Notes and Observations:
I like this bread served warm with a winter stew; but it is also good spread with butter and a citrus jam or marmalade and served with afternoon tea. Store bread covered.
Yield? Well that depends. I have seen this served in quarters as cut in which case it would serve four very hungry leprechauns. I prefer Irish Soda Bread served in slices, in which case you could get about 12 servings. Use your own judgment.
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