A friend of mine sent me this recipe. It is easy to make and very tasty and nutritious. I visit Ireland every couple of years, and this is much like what we enjoy for breakfast.
- Mix milk and lemon.
- Combine dry ingredients.
- Add milk and lemon mixture (buttermilk may be used instead).
- On floured bread board (I use whole wheat) knead dough for no more than a minute.
- Shape dough into a circle with a height of about two inches.
- Place on lightly oiled baking sheet.
- With (sharp) floured knife, cut an x nearly halfway through the dough.
- Bake about 40 minutes in 400F degrees degree oven.
- Dough should sound hollow when tapped with knuckles or handle of spoon.
- Place loaf on wire rack and let rest at least an hour before slicing.
Actually, Irish soda bread is supposed to be much drier than a yeast bread. It is torn rather than cut, and is better for dipping into a soup or stew than for eating plain. Don't expect this to be like a sandwich bread or french-type bread, it can't be because of the very nature of how it is made. The tough crust and texture are much better suited for moistening with a liquid, and this is surprisingly good with a broth or an onion soup.
These doesn't taste as good as yeasted whole wheat bread. I followed the advice the dough being dry, so i added 2 c of whole wheat and 1 c of flour isntead. The dough was still dry , so i added 1t of water and knd a fw times. The bread turned out hard, i put them in a plastic bag while hot, to maybe make them a bit soft