Herb Irish Soda Bread

"I've tried bakery and grocery store Soda bread and found it Dry and flavorless. I was watching Cooking live and saw this made with a few different ingredients. I didn't have buttermilk. I used rosemary and parsley for my spices--you can choose your own."
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  • Preheat oven to 450°F degrees.
  • Put vinegar in 2 cup measuring cup and add enough milk to make 14 oz; set aside for 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl mix together dry ingredients.
  • Add liquid and mix together slowly by hand until dough forms.
  • Turn onto floured surface.
  • Gently knead dough to form an 8-inch circle (this should only take about two minutes) dough should be soft and about 2-3 inches thick.
  • Place in a baking pan (your option).
  • Cut a cross pattern in dough+ (it should go at least halfway into and be entire length and width).
  • Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Reduce oven to 400°F and bake 15-20 minutes longer.
  • Remove from oven when golden brown.

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  1. Bill thanks for sharing this recipe. It has a lot of flavor. I used thyme, oregano and parsley and served with butter. It was fantastic. I have had soda bread in the past and this was much lighter than what I remembered.
  2. My bread looked nothing at all like the picture. Like a prior rater, I found it dry. I used thyme and rosemary to flavor it and it was too strong of a combination of herbs. I won't be making this again.
  3. This was good, but I had to add close to another cup of flour in order to handle it at all.
  4. I made this for St. Patrick's Day this year to go with the corned beef and my whole family loved it. It made great sandwiches the next day.
  5. Very tasy and not at all dry. Reminded me of a rustic country bread. I used 14 oz. buttermilk and dried marjoram, parsley, thyme, rubbed sage for herbs. Next time, I want to try it with just some caraway. This bread is so easy and has so many flavoring options - I can't wait to bake it again.



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