Recipes: Irish fare

  • Updated: March 13, 2013 - 2:49 PM
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Soda bread is traditional Irish fare. For a how-to video (which won an Emmy), go to startribune.com/baking.

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Irish soda bread √

Makes 2 loaves (24 slices).

Note: This is a version of white soda bread. If you use raisins, it becomes a Spotted Dog. From Kim Ode.

• 3 c. all-purpose flour

• 1 c. whole-wheat flour

• 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

• 1 tsp. salt

• 1 c. raisins, optional

• 2 c. buttermilk, divided

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Combine flours, baking soda and salt, and whisk until well combined. Stir in raisins, if using, to coat them with flour.

Make a well in the center of the flour and add about 1½ cups buttermilk.

Stir quickly and thoroughly, adding more buttermilk as needed to make a moist dough.

Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times until smooth. Divide in half and shape each piece into a round.

Place the round on a baking sheet and gently flatten it. Dust with flour. With a paring knife, cut an X across the top, about ½-inch deep.

Bake for 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

To test, tap the bottom of a loaf; if it sounds hollow, it’s done. If you hear a dull thump, return the loaf to the oven for another 5 minutes and check again. Cool on a wire rack.

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