Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Irish Soda Bread


4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons white sugar
 1 teaspoon baking soda 
1 tablespoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup margarine, softened 
1 cup buttermilk 
1 egg 
1/4 cup butter, melted 
1/4 cup buttermilk 

*Quoted from original source because blogger wont let me edit it into my own words**


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet.

 In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf.

Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 30 to 50 minutes. 

Alrighty, Mine has been in for over 30 minutes, I re-brushed it with the buttermilk/butter mixture and it just doesn't seem "done" still in the middle. I had to  cover spots with tin foil so that it wouldn't burn... I think I should have made this two small loaves instead. Why am I always trying to do big? 
Verdict: It's good, it's a little thick and heavy for our taste. Cut as thin slices it's great with a very thin amount of butter. When the girls got home I told them a leprechaun must have come because I went to the bathroom and when I came back it was green.

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