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Clara Bow:
I have a great lamb stew recipe that I want to try and I need a recipe for soda bread to go with it....I used to love to go and get soda bread at the Irish pub but since I live here in hillbilly hell I can't get it any more. So I've put on my big girl panties and decided to make some on my own.
I just need the recipe! Thanks!

edenparadox:
I've never personally tried this one but I've been told it's foolproof.

Ingredients:

2 cups white flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
4 tbsp. butter, chilled
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups buttermilk or plain yogurt

Directions:

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients.

Cut in the butter until it is pea-sized. Stir in the raisins and buttermilk or yogurt. Turn the dough onto a floured surface, knead 1 minute, and shape into a disk.

Cut an "X" in the top and bake on a greased baking sheet for 45 to 50 minutes.

Makes one 8-inch-wide loaf.

Sibby:

--- Quote from: edenparadox on May 18, 2007, 01:13:45 AM ---I've never personally tried this one but I've been told it's foolproof.

Ingredients:

2 cups white flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
4 tbsp. butter, chilled
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups buttermilk or plain yogurt

Directions:

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients.

Cut in the butter until it is pea-sized. Stir in the raisins and buttermilk or yogurt. Turn the dough onto a floured surface, knead 1 minute, and shape into a disk.

Cut an "X" in the top and bake on a greased baking sheet for 45 to 50 minutes.

Makes one 8-inch-wide loaf.

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Yup that will work very well.  Super duper old school traditonal Irish soda bread is litterally whole wheat flour, salt, baking soda & buttermilk.  But adding some sugar & white flour definately improves the taste and fluffiness (whole wheat flour is denser); it is the modern (as in last 50-100 years or so) way to make it.  Raisins, currants, carroway seeds, etc are all yummy & traditional add-ins, dried cranberries are good too.

Clara Bow:
I love this site...thanks so much!

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