Friday, March 13, 2009

Soda Bread or Brown Bread???

About this time of year.... every store bakery has loaves of Irish Soda Bread. It's delicious...especially when just out of the oven! Having been to Ireland many times, I've yet to have a piece of Irish Soda Bread while in Ireland! (the closest is a scone) Ask most Irish and they all have a favorite recipe for their famous "Brown Bread". Hearty, dense, rich and delicious! Traveling through Ireland many stay in B & B's and they are all known for their traditional Irish Breakfast, or commonly called "Irish Fry", which I've seen many locals eat for many other meals as well! An Irish Fry typically consists of: bacon (rashers), sausage (bangers), eggs, grilled tomato, black or white pudding, brown bread with jam and a pot of tea. It's frequently kicked off with a bowl of corn flakes. Can you believe, no potatoes??? I wanted to share a recipe that was converted from metric to American Standard... Thank you Gillian! Gillian's Mom, Ann Walsh (who is still very dear to my heart) passed away a few years ago, this was her famous recipe that came from her very good friend Mary Kavanaugh...

Mary K's Brown Bread:

In a large bowl put: 12 oz's Wholemeal Flour (1 3/4 cups)4 oz's Pinhead Oats (porridge or oatmeal) (1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons) A fistfull of bran Then Sieve in:4 oz's Flour (1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons) 2 Teaspoons of salt2 Teaspoons of Bread Soda Mix all dry ingredients Then add:1 Pint of Buttermilk Mix Pour into a greased tin and bake for 1 hour at 400'F.
Delicious! More on Paddy's Day to come!

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