Saturday, March 10, 2012

Irish Buttermilk Bread

I am so sorry I have been missing in husband and I act in a community theater group that does plays for charities. These fundraisers are a lot of fun and very rewarding...however they are exhausting and time consuming too!  I will try and post some photos of the play...we are running 3 shows this weekend and last nights was SOLD OUT! Wow so exciting. The fundraiser is for CCNN Community Cares Network of Nichols , this organization helps our local community and has given so much during our horrible flooding this past fall that we hoped to help refill their coffers a little so that they can continue to do the good works they do.
That being said I have lots of recipes in the works to post. I love to cook Celtic and Gaelic foods ( I am a Pasta&Potato girl with my Irish Dad and Italian Mom)  So I will be sharing some delicious Irish/Celtic recipes this week to honor St Patrick's day...and just because I want to.
This recipe for Irish Buttermilk Bread is a quick easy peasant type bread. It makes a very small loaf...enough for 2 to split over a comforting bowl of soup perhaps. This is a crumbly textured hearty loaf. I adapted the recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks: McGuire's Irish Pub Cookbook.  It is best served warm and slavered with good Irish Butter! 

Irish Buttermilk Bread

2 cups flour
2 tbl wheat germ
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tea salt
1 tsp honey
1 tbl butter at room temp
3/ 4 plus 1 tbl buttermilk

preheat oven to 375
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Cut in the butter until well combined.  Add honey and buttermilk gradually blending until you have a sticky dough.  Knead a few times to hold the dough together.  Pat into a round and place on a cookie sheet or preheated baking stone.  With a knife cut an X in the top of the loaf.  Bake until golden brown  about 30 minutes. 

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