Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, a recipe for Irish Soda Bread. Once on a trip to Ireland I ate Lobster Bisque and Irish soda bread and enjoyed it very much. I hope you will too!
Soda Bread With Onion
These are the ingredients:
1 Large onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
3 cups (500 g) white bread flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups (600 ml) buttermilk
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 C) and grease a baking sheet.
In a heavy pan, cook the onion in a tablespoon of the oil until dark brown and crisp but not burned. Cool.
Sift the flour and salt together. Dissolve the baking soda in 1 tablespoon of the buttermilk. Add this, with the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil, to the rest of the buttermilk. Add the onions and seeds to the flour. Make a well in the center and add the liquid. With a fork, mix it all together thoroughly, mixing lightly until you have a fairly smooth texture, but don’t knead.
With floured hands, shape the mixture into a round cake, cut a cross in the top, transfer to a baking sheet, and bake until the loaf gives a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom, about 40 minutes.
Note: If buttermilk isn’t available, use fresh milk and 2 teaspoons of baking powder.
From: The Best of Irish Country Cooking by Nuala Cullen (2015)
Happy St Patrick’s Day!