Friday, March 28, 2008

Irish Soda Bread



My roommate Wendy made Corned Beef and Cabbage for St Patrick’s day and I contributed to the meal with this really yummy Irish Soda Bread. It was so easy to make and had a great texture, was very moist and only took a few minutes to throw together. I served this with honey, which was really good, as the bread is a bit tangy. It would also be good with a marmalade or even just with butter. I will be posting the recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage soon.

Irish Soda Bread

2 1/4 cups bread flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup wheat bran
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt


Preheat an oven to 425°F. Place a baking sheet in the oven to preheat. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, oats, bran, baking soda and salt. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the yogurt and stir to blend, forming a rough ball. The dough will start rising as soon as the baking soda comes in contact with the yogurt, so work quickly to form the dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead gently for about 30 seconds. The dough should feel soft to the touch. Dust a clean work surface with flour and set the ball of dough on it. Flatten slightly into a 7-inch dome and sprinkle with flour, spreading the flour lightly over the surface. Using a sharp knife, cut a shallow X in the loaf from one side to the other. Transfer the loaf to the preheated baking sheet. Bake until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm. Any leftover bread can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Recipe from williamssonoma.com

2 comments:

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Irish soda bread was the first bread (quick or yeast) I ever learned to make, and it's still a favorite. I admit, to the horror of my Irish friends, that I do sneak a few currants in every now and then.

A (cuisineheart) said...

This looks really great! I just had Irish soda bread for the first time at a pub and I loved it's almost biscuity flavor. Can't wait to try it!