Friday, March 13, 2009
Irene Sullivan's Irish Soda Bread Recipe
The winning recipe from my IRISH SODA BREAD SHOWDOWN.
It's not traditional but I bet you'll LOVE it...
Irene Sullivan's Irish Soda Bread
4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 stick (4 ounces) butter, softened
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup raisins or currants (or less if you want)
1 Tablespoon caraway seeds
a "drop" of oil (approx 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil to make it cake-like)
Irene's recipe simply says:
"Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour."
But some of us novice bakers need a little more direction than that
so this is how I prepared it:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl
Gently form into a round loaf
Place in a greased 9" round cake pan (alternatively, you could bake it on a sheet pan or cast iron skillet)
Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour at 350 degrees
(check doneness by inserting a wooden skewer - it should come out clean)
Thanks to Irene Sullivan for sharing this great recipe!