IRISH SODA BREAD

Although I consider myself a passionate home baker I don't actually enjoy making bread all that much. It's probably because of the waiting time in between... waiting... and waiting... for the yeast in the bread to rise. Then kneading... and kneading... the dough to help make the bread soft and fluffy in texture. Although I've done my fair share of making nice bread in the past; I just don't have the patience for it, but I still want freshly baked bread out of the oven. Problem solved! This Irish soda bread recipe is perfect for those night's when you feel like having a quick freshly baked bread out of the oven. When my husband Matt took the first bite yesterday night he said "dad would love this!" and I couldn't agree more. This is the type of traditional Irish baked recipe that I wish I could've made for my late father-in-law. This post is dedicated to our loving Dad.

Adapted from the "Irish Soda Bread" recipe in the "Canadian Living: Cooks Step by Step" Cookbook (1999) Written by: Daphna Rabinovitch

Makes 1 loaf

Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees F.

Baking time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp each: baking soda and salt
  • 1-1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour (to dust in the top before baking)

1. Preheat the oven to 375 F and lightly grease a baking sheet. In a large bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, sesame seeds, granulated sugar, baking soda and salt.

2. In a smaller bowl, mix together the buttermilk and vegetable oil, then pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture. Gently stir it altogether until it forms a dough. Lightly flour the surface and knead the dough 10 times.

3. Place it on the prepared baking sheet and make it into a round 6" circle. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of flour over the loaf and with a sharp knife score a large X on top. Bake it in the oven for a good 45 minutes or until it is golden brown on the top. Serve warm.

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