Tuesday, January 18, 2011
~Authentic Irish Soda Bread Recipe~
In my search for Authentic Irish Soda Bread, I came across this recipe from Mother Earth's Bread. Looks like something I will be trying out~
Authentic Irish Soda Bread Recipe
Irish soda bread is a very popular Irish food. It has a rough golden brown crust with a tender, dense interior. Irish soda bread is delicious when sliced and smeared with butter and jam. It can also be eaten with stews or soups or toasted. The Irish never use the words "soda bread" and instead call it "cake" or "cake bread."
All traditional Irish soda bread recipes contain baking soda, flour, buttermilk (sour milk), and salt. This bread used to be baked several times a week, as it did not keep long. Authentic Irish soda bread was not festive and did not contain raisins, caraway seeds, candied fruit, or whiskey. The traditional plain Irish soda bread was eaten daily by the Irish since the mid 19th century. The following recipe is slightly more deluxe!
Fruity Irish Soda Bread with Whiskey Butter
½ cup Irish whiskey
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup raisins
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
¼ cup melted butter
½ cup sugar
For the Whiskey Butter:
1 tablespoon Irish whiskey
½ cup softened butter
Soak the raisins overnight in the whiskey.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix together the sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, and orange rind in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the raisin mixture. Dissolve the soda in the buttermilk and add this to the flour mixture, combining well. Stir in the butter and mix it well.
Spoon the batter into a greased 2-quart casserole and bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown.
To make the whiskey butter, mix the whiskey into the butter and blend it well. Cut the bread into squares and serve with the whiskey butter.
(Serves 8 to 10)
Irish Cuisine - Simple, Hearty, Full of Flavor