Irish Soda Bread (with a link for a vegan version!)

 

The biggest challenge I found in making Irish soda bread with all bulk solid items and plastic free-liquid items, was the butter milk. I didn’t actually know what buttermilk was until about a year ago. Just butter and milk right? No. Not at all.

When I found out, it was a little disturbing, but only until I considered what yogurt actually is. And cheese So buttermilk really isn’t that weird, and it’s SO EASY TO MAKE.

Buttermilk Ingredients:

  • 2 tbspn freshly squeezed lemon juice OR white vinegar
  • 2 cups of milk of choice

Mix together, let it sit for about 5 minutes until it curdles (Yum!) and then it’s good to go.

 

For the Irish Soda Bread:

Pre-heat oven to 425F (220C, Gas Mark 7)

  1. 4 cups flour.
  2. 1 tbsp sugar.
  3. 1 tspn salt.
  4. 1 tspn baking soda.
  5. 4 tbsp butter, chopped into small cubes (buy in bulk, wrapped in wax, whenever possible!)
  6. 1 cup of raisins.
  7. 1 large egg, beaten.
  8. 1 and 3/4 cups buttermilk.

Directions:

1.  Mix flour, sugar, salt, baking soda together.

2.  Work the butter pieces into the flour mixture  until it looks like coarse meal. 

3. Mix in raisins.

4 Make a well in the center of the dough and fill it  with your homemade buttermilk and beaten egg.

5. Mix with a wooden spoon or just get in there with your flour-dusted hands and knead the dough until it forms a ball. Don’t worry if it looks chunky, it is suppose to look like a giant southern biscuit, essentially. And over-kneading it will make the dough tough and yucky.

6. To make it truly Irish, score an X across the ball of dough with a  sharp knife, and say the words “Ah fuckin’ hell” in your best Irish accent.  Then drink a Guinness. This is what makes the bread delicious.

 

Bake for 35-45 minutes on a lightly greased baking sheet. To test to see if the bread is done, stick a metal skewer or thin knife into the center of the bread, if it comes out clean of dough/batter, it’s done!  Serve warm.

 

 

For a vegan version of this recipe, check out the Happy Herbivore

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