Irish Soda Bread (March 22, 2010)

how else to celebrate st. patrick’s day? irish soda bread is pretty awesome; i tried this recipe on something of a whim.

Ingredients

* 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 tablespoon baking powder
* 1/3 cup white sugar
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 egg, lightly beaten
* 2 cups buttermilk
* 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter. Pour into prepared pan.
3. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours, or overnight, for best flavor.

i ended up adding in raisins, maybe a half cup? or a whole cup. i don’t remember. anyways, some of the comments on allrecipes say that this version was too cake-like for their taste. i can see that, but i thought the texture was certainly within the acceptable soda bread parameters; it could’ve been a little more dense, but i was fine with it. and we were happy with it – it got eaten pretty quickly over the following days. i’d be willing to try another recipe, but i’d also have no problems going back to this one too. solid A.

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