Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Irish Soda Bread

This bread is actually really easy!  No waiting for 30 days and 30 nights for it to raise. No kneading for 30 days and 30 nights. You just gotta wait 30 days and 30 nights for it to BAKE. Oh well... it tastes good!!

First you put flour, sugar, baking powder, salt & soda in a bowl. Mix it all together, then cut in the butter.

When the butter is all cut in, add the raisins and caraway seeds.

Beat an egg in a smallish bowl... and mix together with buttermilk.

Pour the egg & buttermilk into the flour stuff.

Mix together to make a sticky dough, dump onto a well floured flat spot and knead 10 or 12 times.

Shape into a ball and brush with beaten egg. Cut a X in the top of the ball to ward off evil spirits. HEY! Don't yell at me! That's what the legend of Irish Soda Bread says!

Bake it and then let it sit in the pan for 10 minutes before you take it out and stick it on your wire rack. While you're waiting, take pictures of something else you're cooking and kill the battery on your camera so you have to wait for 30 days and 30 nights to take the final picture.

Here's the recipe while my battery charges:

4 C. flour
3 T. sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. soda
6 T. cold butter
1  1/2 C. raisins
1 T. caraway seeds
2 eggs, beaten
1  1/2 C. buttermilk

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt & soda in a large bowl. Cut in the butter. Add the raisins and caraway seeds. Stir until combined. In a small bowl beat the eggs. Take out 1 T. of beaten egg and set aside. Add the milk to the bowl of eggs; stir into the flour mixture. I use my hands to get everything all mixed up well, but you don't have to if you're scared of dirty hands. ;D Turn onto a well floured surface and knead about 10 times. Shape into a ball, place in a well greased 9" round pan. Cut a 4 inch X, 1/4 inch deep, in the center of the ball. Brush the top with the reserved egg. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes. If the top starts browning too fast, stick some alunimum foil over the top for the last half hour or so. Remove from oven and let sit in the pan for 10 minutes before cooling completely on a wire rack.
And now I want you to tell me which word I misspelled in the directions.


  1. Good set of eyeballs ya got there. Now how many hours did it take you to FIND it?

  2. Oh about 20 only :-)