Food Sunday; Irish Soda Bread
(Picture courtesy of Benn W. Bell at Wikipedia commons.)
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, wishing you a bit of Irish lilt, and good food to go with. Please remember those who are hungry, and do something for that increasing number of the needy.
The standard Irish soda bread is worth a try, always something to go with the other parts of the meal and an addition to your day.
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- Place raisins in a small bowl. Cover with boiling water; let stand for 5 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
- In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk the egg, buttermilk and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in raisins.
- Transfer to a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).
Celebrate well, and a pint of Guinness with this is just the top of the day for its proper enjoyment.