It is a party season, but this year we know things are a little different. But just because we can’t have a big party, does not mean we can’t have the food.
Looking to make an impressive but easy breakfast on New Year?
It’s time of year when all traditional Irish recipes are in a spin. Irish Soda Bread is a must-have and one of the most popular recipes you have. It is a quick bread made with baking soda, not yeast. It does not have eggs. It can be made with regular multipurpose flour.
Traditional soda bread is made with buttermilk but if you want to make it vegan then switch it up for vegetable-based milk of your choice (I like to use almond, oatmeal, or cashew nut milk) with a squelch of apple cider vinegar or a squash of lemon juice.
What’s the texture like?
The best Irish Soda Bread, like the recipe, has a golden tancoating with a dense. The bread is not weighty; it’s actually quite tender and soft inside. The shell is lovely and crunchy when it comes out of the cooker and becomes slightly stringy on days 2 and 3. It’s so so so good.
Here I am telling you how to make your own Irish Soda Bread. You will love its top and simplicity. It will be a great addition to your New Year party and trust me; you will be pleased to make your own bread. It’s my late grandma’s recipe and I make it each single Christmas or New Year.
2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
Approximately 1 ¼ cups sour milk, buttermilk, or plain yogurt
(i) Turn oven to 450°F. Sift flours, baking soda, and salt into a big bowl. Make a well in the midpoint. Pour in the milk, buttermilk, or yogurt. Using one hand and rotating the bowl with the other, blend the ingredients from the outside to the middle. You want the soft, not tacky, dough, so add a handful of whole wheat flour if required, and bring it all together as rapidly as possible.
(ii) Place dough on a floured board and press very briefly, just enough to make a ball. Flatten dough slightly with your hand and cut across through it with a breadknife. You can go almost right through to the foot of the dough, which will help the rise.
(iii) Roast on a heavy, floured baking sheet for 15 minutes. Then decrease the heat to 400°F for about another 15 minutes. The bread is complete when it sounds hollow when you tap the base of the loaf. Take out from the oven and cool on a wire stand.
For additional flavour add orange zest and fill it with golden raisins, cranberries, and grilled pecans. Serve warm and store any leftovers in an airtight bowl for up to a week. I love eating it browned with a little butter, jam, or nut butter on top. You can also use it with salad or enjoy a slice with soup or stew. The options are endless. Taste the goodness of fresh ingredients in each bite you take!
Try the process at your home and let me know in the comments how it was. I can’t wait to hear what you folks think of it.
Have a good day everyone!
Note: I know making bread can be intimidating but soda bread is one of the easiest to make as you don’t need to worry about using yeast.
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