Irish Soda Bread

Yesterday, as your probably already know, was St. Patrick’s Day. We all wore green and the boys made Irish Soda Bread. I told them how my Mother made it every year. Kevin was first. He put raisins in his. The other two boys left the raisins out. A friend of mine asked for the recipe, so here it is. Let me just add that this is probably the best Irish Soda bread that I have ever had, especially Kevin’s with the raisins.

This recipe comes from the book Kids Can Cook Vegetarian Recipes by Dorothy R. Bates.  

Irish Soda Bread
makes 10 slices

1. Preheat the over to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a small baking sheet, or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Mix in a large bowl:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
1/4 cup sugar (we used sucanat)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

3. Stir in :
1/2 cup currants or raisins
1/4 cup oil
1 cup sour milk or soymilk*

4. Knead the mixture in the bowl 5 times, turn out on a lightly floured surface, and put flour on your hands to lightly knead 10 times.

5. Shape the dough into a round loaf, and place on the baking sheet. Use a floured, serrated knife to make a 4-inch long, 1-inch deep X across the top.

6. Set the timer for 45 to 50 minutes, and bake until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow if you tap the top. Cool.

*To make sour milk, add 1 teaspoon vinegar to 1 cup plain milk, and let it stand a little. (We used plain soymilk with 1 teaspoon of umeobeshi vinegar.)

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