Saturday, 17 March 2012

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Today is St Patrick's Day so a little celebration is in order. Not a good day for the races. Not a good day fro a wild barbeque. Rather damp in fact. Ah, yes, it must be a good day for an Irish stew and soda bread, all washed down with an Irish pint. I have a few cans of Guinness in the fridge.

Do you make soda bread? I am fairly sure it has contributed to the development of that great Aussie favourite, damper. Here is my recipe. Try it with a stew or with plenty of butter and treacle.

Irish Soda Bread


675g plain flour
100g fine oatmeal
1 ½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
600ml buttermilk
butter for greasing the cooking trays

Not many ingredients. 

  1. First make the fine oatmeal by grinding oats in a blender or grinder.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Pour in the buttermilk a little at a time, stirring as you go.

  1. Knead for a few moments.
  2. Butter the scone trays thoroughly.
  3. Shape into 2 round loaves. Some people slash a cross in the top of each loaf.

  1. Bake at 220 degrees Celsius for 40 minutes.

Just waiting to be broken open.

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