Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Basic Irish Soda Bread or Farls
From Monica Thiriot

1 cup butter milk
(or 1 cup milk + 1tsp vinegar – let sit for 10 minutes)
2 cups all purpose flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 400 (or heavy skillet). In medium bowl, stir together the flour, salt and baking soda. Make a nest and pour in the butter milk. Stir until mixture is smooth. Scrape the dough out of the bowl onto a floured surface. For Farls, flatten down to ½ inch and slice like a pizza. For Soda Bread, pat dough into a round and then cut a cross on it to let the fairies out. Let the cuts go over the sides of the bread to make sure of this. Farls: Bake on skillet for 7 minutes per side.Soda Bread: Bake on 400 for 15-25 minutes (recipe said 15, but mine was closer to 25. Most recipes say 25-30 with more ingredients). If you are in doubt, tap the bottom of the bread: if it is cooked it will sound hollow.

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