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Jovial Recipes

Einkorn Irish Soda Bread

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It’s time to get your green on!  Everyone’s a little Irish on St. Patty’s day-right?  This Irish soda bread is definitely a St. Patrick ’s Day staple.

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Soda bread gets its name from baking soda being used as the leavening agent, instead of yeast. The dough rises due to the reaction between an acidic liquid, like buttermilk, and a base, like baking soda. This reaction forms tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide that cause the dough to rise. Soda bread has four basic ingredients: flour, buttermilk, baking soda and salt. Other ingredients can be added, such as butter, egg, raisins, caraway seeds or nuts.  Soda bread is fairly dense, moist and hearty.

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Although the Irish didn’t invent soda bread, it is a traditional Irish specialty. Baking soda found its way into Irish kitchens in the mid-1800s. This was a big change for the bread baking in Ireland because, unlike many other European countries, the country did not produce much of the high-protein flour necessary for making good yeasted breads. As a replacement to yeast, baking soda produced a reliable rise and worked well with the softer Irish flours.

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Soda bread is quick and simple to prepare and tastes just fabulous when made with jovial’s all-purpose einkorn flour. For a moister texture, we recommend wrapping the freshly baked loaves in a clean tea towel while they cool. The characteristic cross marking, cut into the dough before baking, allows room for the loaf to expand in the oven and provides four sections, also known as “farls.”

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Einkorn Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (480grams) Einkorn flour
  • ½ cup (106 grams) sugar
  • 2 tsp (8 grams) baking powder
  • 1 tsp (6 grams) baking soda
  • ¾ tsp (6 grams) salt
  • 1 cup (130 grams) raisins
  • 2 tsp (6 grams) caraway seeds
  • 1 cup (227 grams) sour cream
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • Extra Einkorn flour for dusting top of loaf
  • Butter or pan spray for preparing baking pan or cast iron skillet

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter a 9” round baking pan or cast iron skillet.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, raisins and caraway seeds.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk and sour cream
  4. Stir in the liquid mixture into the dry mixture until flour is moistened
  5. Using a wooden spoon or pastry spatula, knead the dough in the bowl until it begins to take form; about 10 to 12 turns.  The dough will be sticky.
  6. Turn the dough out into the prepared pan and pat down flat.
  7. Score the top of the dough in an x shape with a sharp floured paring knife.
  8. Dust top of dough with flour.
  9. Place pan or skillet in the center rack of your oven and bake for 65 to 70 minutes
  10. Remove from oven and allow bread to cool for a few minutes.  Turn bread out on a wire rack to finish cooling.

Luck o’ the Irish to you this St. Patty’s day!

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3 Responses to Einkorn Irish Soda Bread

  1. Paul C says:

    If you make it plain (omit all but 1 TBSP of the sugar, and the raisins and/or the caraway if you’re not into that) the farls are incredibly delicious split and buttered while warm, then topped with scrambled eggs. Very popular combination in Ireland.

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