Friday, January 29, 2010

Bread by Guido

Steve Downing is new to KAXE and yesterday was his first time to have treats for staff meeting. He went above and beyond the call of duty. I mean really, I don't think anyone else has ever worn their own apron. Nice job Guido! Here's the recipe:

Irish Soda Bread

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins

1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup buttermilk

Mix dry ingredients well. Mix egg, honey and buttermilk, then add to dry ingredients and mix. Knead on dusted bread board for 5 minutes. If too dry, add buttermilk; too wet, add flour. Shape into round flat loaf and make two parallel 1/2-inch-deep cuts along top of loaf. Place on greased pan (cookie sheet). Bake @ 375 for 30 minutes. Cool for awhile---then consume, fast.

Ross Williams also sent along a recipe for Irish Soda Bread

Grandma McGowan's Irish Soda Bread

Caraway (optional)
4 C flour
4 t Baking Powder
1 t Baking Soda
1 t Salt
3 T Sugar
At least 1/2 C raisins
6-8 T Butter

2 C Buttermilk
1 egg

Bake in a 11 inch cast iron skillet
Preheat oven to 350 degrees with skillet in the oven

Mix ...dry ingerdients in a bowl
Cut in butter and add raisins

In separate bowl:
Beat egg
Add buttermilk

Pour liquid into dry and stri with fork til the dry stuff is absorbed and very sticky
Flour counter top and dump ingredients onto it
Knead 45-60 seconds max
Form Dough into a ball

Take skillet from oven and wipe with canola oil
Flour the pan
Place dough in pan and press out to sides (about 1 1/2 inches thick)
Make a big cross hatch in the top with a knife

Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes
Test with tooth pick
Cool on a rack until you can't stand it any longer

Serve plain w butter; butter and jam; and especially with some good tea

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