Absolutely Gorgeous Irish Soda Bread

 

Soda Bread

 

I woke up this morning to a flat tire. I had a very busy day planned and cancelled all my plans. In a way the flat tire was a relief which forced me to spend a day at home and just relax.  It was a beautiful day and why not make the best of a beautiful day and do some Irish cooking at home. Now spending a day cooking in the kitchen may not seem relaxing to some but I believe it can be very therapeutic. It is very different to cook because you want to than the days you have to after a long day at work. I have been wanting to add recipes to this page for some time now but not just random recipes. I feel I should test the recipes out before posting them.

One of my favorite parts of dining in Ireland was the heavenly Irish bread that seemed to accompany almost every meal. The bread was simple but delicious and was the perfect accompaniment to stews, soups, chowders and a lovely Irish breakfast. Here is my recipe for Irish soda adapted from a recipe my cousin in Wexford gave to me. I love this recipe, a perfect first recipe post.

Absolutely Gorgeous Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients:

8 ounces self rising flour

8 ounces wheat flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1 pinch of salt

1 generous tablespoon of honey

12 ounces of plain yogurt

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 generous tablespoon of honey

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C.

2. Grease and flour a round 8′ tin or dish of your choice. This can also be made in a loaf pan.

3. Sift wheat flour, self rising flour,  baking soda,  baking powder and salt  into a large bowl.

4. In a large measuring glass mix the honey, olive oil and yogurt then pour into flour mixture.

5 stir with a spoon until well mixed and very sticky dough is formed.

6. Flour your surface and knead dough lightly about ten times just folding it gently.

7. Form the dough into a round shape and place in your dish. Cut a cross into the top of the dough. (Some believe a cross is added to bless the bread, while others will say it makes cutting the bread

      into sections easier. I prefer to believe both♥).

8. Bake for 45 minutes.

9. Cool bread to your liking. I enjoy the bread still warm with a big dollop of Irish butter but you can add anything you like. 

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