'Tis St. Paddy's Day, today!
Saint Patrick is considered the patron Saint of Ireland, although he was actually born in Roman Britain, and first arrived in the Emerald Isles as a 16 year old slave. He managed to escape back to his family, after approximately 6 years in captivity, but eventually returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary. A national holiday in Ireland, it is celebrated in many other countries with New York hosting the largest St. Paddy's Day Parade.
As a change of pace, I thought I would share a recipe for:
4 cups soft wheat or pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 to 1 tsp salt
1/2 to 3/4 cup raisins, currants or sultanas (optional)
approx. 2 cups of buttermilk
Preheat oven to 425 deg. F
Lightly grease and flour a cake pan.
Sift the dry ingredients together.
Make a well in the centre and add enough buttermilk to make a soft dough.
Knead lightly on a floured surface and flatten into a round. Place in a cake tin.
Cut a cross on top ( to let the devil out!) cover the pan with another pan and bake at 425deg. F for about 30 minutes. Remove the top cover and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes.
The bread is done when there is a hollow sound when the bottom of the bread is tapped.
Soda Bread is the simplest, yummiest bread there is, as is Irish Brown Bread.