I hope you are having a wonderful day. Here’s an ancient recipe for a delicious food so popular with my Irish family. Particularly on a Sunday, visitors are greeted with the aroma of freshly baked Irish Soda Bread. The table is laden with small rolls and slices of soda bread. Alongside will be freshly churned butter and small bowls of delicious homemade jams of wild strawberries, gooseberries, or blackcurrants, picked from the adjoining fields.
It is such a simple recipe, but it brings such mouth-watering results.
Irish Soda Bread
Into a warm bowl, add:
- 8 oz plain white flour, self-raising
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 5 oz milk
Preheat oven to 400° F (200° C or gas mark 6)
- Using a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and soda. If you want to have a fruit loaf, mix in a small amount of dried fruit to your taste. Do not overload.
- Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and then add the milk. Gently mix together to form a soft dough, and then use your hands or a wooden spoon to form the dough into a ball. Place the dough on a greased baking sheet and slightly flatten to form a loaf. Cut a deep cross in the top of the loaf using a sharp knife.
- Bake for approximately thirty minutes. The loaf should be risen and slightly browned. Tap the loaf to ensure it has a hollow sound. If not, then bake it for a further four to six minutes. Keep an eye on it at this stage.
- Place the loaf on a cooling rack until It has cooled a little. Serve immediately. Have some delicious butter ready.
Eat soda bread on the day it is baked. Otherwise, it quickly becomes stale.
I hope you are enjoying our wonderful summer. It is a beautiful summer’s day in England and enhanced with a refreshing breeze coming from the sea.
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Katy lives on the South coast with her husband and a loving hyper friendly dog who likes to greet and lick everyone on sight. She has a BA Hons (Psych) BA Eng.Lit. MA in Religion and Mysticism and a Hon Dr. Science for research into pain control.
She was a psychologist and hypnotherapist before changing direction for full time creative writing, Her main genres are historical romance, crime and science fiction.