Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Irish Soda Bread

In Ireland this bread is baked daily. Make it and enjoy it with your Irish Stew. The bread does not keep well for the next day.

Irish Soda Bread

1 ¼ cups Whole wheat flour
5/8 cup Oat flour
5/8 cup white pastry flour
1 T + 1 tsp powder milk
½ sugar or agave syrup
¾ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
1 cup + 2 tbs buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 475 F.
Prepare ingredients.
Warm up the buttermilk till luke warm (about 85 F). If you over heat it, the buttermilk will curdle.
In a large bowl, pour buttermilk and agave syrup (if using sugar, add it to the dry ingredients). Sift together wheat and white flours, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Add them to the buttermilk. Add oat flour. Stir all of the ingredients together by hand. Lightly flour a flat surface and knead the dough for about two minutes until all ingredients are incorporated. Form a ball with the dough and put it in a baking sheet previously sprayed with oil. Cut a cross with a sharp knife on top. Lightly flour the top of the dough and immediately start baking @ 475 F for 15 minutes. Turn the heat down to 450 for the last 15 minutes. It should be nicely brown.

In Ireland, this bread is made daily so it does not keep very well. Enjoy it fresh!

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