Thursday, June 9

Croissant for soda bread


Croissant for raisin soda bread Posted by Hello

It doesn't quite have that sophisticated sound as 'croissant', however, soda bread is my new healthier breakfast option. It has no yeast and is low-fat and tastes beautiful when toasted. Especially soda bread jewelled with rasins and with apricot jam on the side.
It comes from Ireland where it is usually eaten freshly baked for breakfast or tea. It is also called 'quick bread' as it goes off quickly and therefore is baked fresh every day. Originally, it is baked in a pot (round shape) over a fire and it uses bicarbonate of soda and buttermilk(sour milk) as a raising agent.
Here is a lovely web site featuring nice pics of different soda breads, although not purely Irish. Americans like to flavour their soda bread and offer a good selection, nearly like their muffins.
http://www.bostonsodabreads.com/

Raisin Soda Bread recipe:
1lb/ 1/2kg/ 4 cups plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sugar (optional)
1pt/ 1/2 lr/ 2 cups buttermilk or sour milk
1/2 cup of sultanas


Sieve the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Scoop up handfuls and allow to drop back into the bowl to aerate the mixture. Add enough buttermilk to make a soft dough. Now work quickly as the buttermilk and soda are already reacting. Knead the dough lightly - too much handling will toughen it, while too little means it won't rise properly.
Form a round loaf about as thick as your fist. Place it on a lightly-floured baking sheet and cut a cross in the top with a floured knife. Put at once to bake near the top of a pre-heated oven, gas mark 8, 450°F, 230°C, for 30-45 minutes. When baked, the loaf will sound hollow when rapped on the bottom with your knuckles. Wrap immediately in a clean tea-towel to stop the crust hardening too much.

This recipe is from http://www.irelandseye.com/aarticles/culture/recipes/cooking/soda.shtm.

5 Comments:

Blogger Nic said...

Hi Dreska! I love soda bread and your looks so lovely! My favorite way to have it is with carraway and lots of currants, served along-side a nice bowl of soup.

7:01 am  
Blogger Ana said...

Love soda bread too and it takes a lot less to make than regular bread. Now I'm getting hungry.

11:50 am  
Anonymous Jaime said...

This is my first time commenting on your site, which I'm loving! I made this soda bread last night after seeing I had all the ingredients handy, and you weren't kidding. It was ridiculously easy, and toasted slices make a perfect breakfast with a little jam and some tea. Thank you for passing it on, it's destined to become a favorite of mine!

2:48 pm  
Blogger Andrea said...

Glad you liked it. Did you see the web site offering all different versions?

4:40 pm  
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