Sharon's Recipes

Irish Soda Bread

I’m making Gravlax for a party this week and love to serve this bread with it.  It’s also good with cream cheese and Nova.

Irish Soda BreadMakes two loaves.

Ingredients:

6 cups whole wheat flour
2 cup all purpose flour
2 scant  tsp salt
2 Tbl sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 cup currents ( optional)
2 Tbl Whole Fennel Seed ( chopped or crushed )
3 eggs
6 Tbl melted unsalted butter
3.5 cups of buttermilk

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter two long loaf pans.

Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl , including the fennel and currents if using. Stir until well combined.

NOTE:  For the fennel, I put it in a plastic bag and hit it with my food mallet until it is broken down.

In a large measuring cup measure the buttermilk. Add the eggs and whisk. Add the melted butter and whisk again. Add this to the flour mixture.  Stir until well combined using a rubber spatula and then your hands. Turn out onto a floured board.

Divide in half. Knead each piece until workable and shape into the form of the pan. Long ropes. Place in the buttered pans. Cut crosses on each loaf.

Bake at 375 for 30 – 40 minutes until lightly browned, depending on the heat of your oven. Let sit in the pan 20 minutes and then turn out. Let rest.

Slice thinly to serve with salmon of your choice, or other smoked fish.
Garnishes could include cream cheese, mustard sauce, dill, chopped red onion, capers.

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