Saturday, March 17, 2012

Nana's Irish Soda Bread

This recipe is from the 'Irish' side of the Dad's mother's maiden name was Harris and they come  from County Cork which is in Southern Ireland. This is my grandmother's recipe for soda bread. It is delicious! I love the crusty parts slathered in real Irish butter...maybe a drizzle of honey.  I also like this bread dunked in a rich cheesy fondue I found in an Irish cookbook I love...I guess I will have to dig that recipe up and post it too!  Enjoy this real authentic soda bread!
                      'Beannachtam na Feile Padraig!'                           
or Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Nana's Irish Soda Bread

4 cups flour
1 tea baking soda
1 tea baking powder
1/2 tea salt
1 stick softened butter
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1 egg
2 tbl heavy cream
raisins or caraway seed are optional....we prefer it plain usually.

oven at 375
In a large bowl combine the first 5 ingredients with your hands.....then mix in the buttermilk and egg. Work the mixture into a soft dough (folding in raisins or caraway if desired)   Shape into a round loaf.  Heavily grease a cookie sheet and set the loaf on it. Cut a shallow X in the top. Let rest 10-15 minutes.  brush top with the heavy cream and bake in preheated oven  1 hour or until done (hollow sounding when the bottom is tapped and golden brown)

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