Irish Soda Bread
[For a good breakfast]
I like Irish Soda Bread with oatmeal and wheat bran in it, toasted with good quality (Wilkins and Sons) Strawberry Preserve.
I also enjoy (especially on weekends) a nice smoked sausage with toasted ciabatta, unsalted butter and strawberry preserves.
GOOD strong coffee or even a cappucino or latte, or Hot Chocolate made with espresso.......I'm happy!
- 2 cups coarse whole-wheat flour, OR (my choice:) 1 cup each wheat bran and old-fashioned oat meal
- 2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp cream of tartar
- ¼ cup sugar
- 4 tblsp cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 2 cups buttermilk
(Preparation: 20 Minutes. Cooking: 40 minutes)
- Preaheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit; lightly grease a 9-inch cake pan
- In a large bowl mix the flours (or wheat bran and oatmeal) salt, baking soda. cream of tartar and sugar with a whisk.
- With the tips of your fingers, incorporate the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Make a well in the center of the mix and dump the two cups buttermilk in at once.
- With a wodden spoon, mix the ingredients until a ball is just forming.
- Turn the contents out onto a floured surface and kneed quickly just enough to form a clean ball. Flour your hands with extra flour if the dough is sticky.
- Place dough into prepared pan and pat to just fill the pan.
- Cut a large X in the top with a sharp knife and bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned and a "hollow" sound is given when tapped, 35-40 minutes.
To make this fresh on a Saturday morning and bake it, it fills the air with such a wonderful aroma!
*Ted's Note: For variations on this recipe add half a cup of currants or raisins; or 2 tbsps caraway seeds or poppy seeds; or half cup of chopped walnuts or chopped almonds
Contributed by Dennis.Montreal (feetup)