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Sunday's are for baking. I don't know why, but for some reason when I wait until Sunday to bake, my cakes, cookies, pies and breads seem to come out better. Maybe because I am a little more relaxed on Sunday.
I'm doing my March Segment on The Vine tomorrow morning. I want to mix in all things March. March is for celebrating St. Patrick's Day, and it is the beginning of Spring. It is also the basketball lover's March Madness.
I thought I would mix in the segments with some Irish green colors, as well as, some traditional Irish Soda Bread. This wonderful bread comes together in about 10-15 minutes mixing time. The whole bread is done within the hour. The aroma's of the bread make your kitchen smell amazing. What is the key to this bread? Buttermilk! The buttermilk and the soda form together to make a nice light bread without all that heavy yeast.
Another key ingredient is the cold Irish butter. In fact, I love this Kerry Gold Irish butter so much, I also used it to make my mashed potatoes. This butter isn't as sweet/salty as normal butter. I absolutely love it. Using cold butter will guarantee you a lovely flaky texture to your bread.
The steps to making this bread is fairly easy. Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty. Having said that, be sure and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before you knead the dough.
You also don't want to over-work your dough. It is suppose to look a little messy. If you cut a "X" in the top of the dough before baking, it will help the center bake through. You can use a cast iron skillet. I couldn't find mine so, I lined a baking sheet and placed my dough in the center of it. It came out just perfect.
You can cover and store bread at room temperature for 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week..
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