Irish Soda Bread
By Patrick Rooney
4 cups flour
¼ cups sugar (original recipe 2 TBS. sugar)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 heaping cup of raisins
1 ¾ cup low fat buttermilk
¼ cup cooking oil (original recipe 2 TBS. butter)
Combine flour, sugar, soda, salt, and raisins in mixing bowl; stir well.
In another mixing bowl add buttermilk, egg, and cooking oil; stir well.
Make well in center of the dry ingredients.
Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients; stir until thoroughly blended.
Turn out onto a floured surface; knead 5 to 8 times.
Form ball; place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
Pat to 8-inch circle, approximately 1 ½ inches thick.
With floured knife make large cross on top of loaf to keep it from cracking during baking.
Spread top of loaf with softened butter.
Bake in preheated 375 oven 40 to 45 minutes, until golden and loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
After removing from oven, spread top of loaf with softened butter again.
Serve bread hot with plenty of butter. YUM!
Makes one 8 inch loaf, or 2 smaller loaves
Sounds yummy, right? It is! Anyone with an Irish name like Patrick Rooney has to have great Irish recipes. Of course, I made a few modifications while making the recipe. I only had golden raisins so I used those instead of regular raisins. I don't know what the difference between the two raisins is anyway. I didn't have buttermilk so I made my own by using 1 1/2 cups milk and adding 1/4 cup vinegar to it. The bread turned out beautifully and we had it with our supper. Steve and Nathan ate about half of it during supper while I fed Katherine. (Steve did bring me a piece while I was feeding her.) I was so pleased with how it turned out.
I also found a shamrock cookie cutter Monday that I bought awhile ago. I decided next year I would make the bread and the soda cookies. I think shamrock-shaped soda cookies would be so cute and a perfect St. Pat's tradition.
Special note: I'm changing up my blog. From now on, I will be writing about whatever topic interests me at the moment not just food. There are so many things I want to write about and my decreased time in the kitchen are calling for a change in my blog. For now, the blog will still be called "For the Love of Food" until I think of a better title (if I ever do). I hope you'll continue to read!