Original Recipe: Mikee's Magnificent and Marvelously Simple Soda Bread recipe!
4 cups self-rising flour
2 1/2 cups Buttermilk (Reduced fat is fine)
Lightly grease a regular pie pan and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour and the buttermilk together. The dough will be soft and a little sticky. Put some flour on a breadboard or the counter. Turn the dough out onto the flour. DO NOT KNEAD THE DOUGH! Roll the dough a couple of times, just to kind of cover the dough with flour. Place in the pie pan and place in the oven.
DO NOT PREHEAT THE OVEN!
Bake the bread at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce the temp to 375 and bake additional 40 minutes. The bread should be a golden brown and the top will not be smooth and even. When you thump the bottom of the bread, it should sound hollow.
Let it cool about 20 minutes before slicing. Serve with butter, jam, honey, or clotted cream.
Wonderful toasted with butter and cream the next day, if it lasts that long!
Add a cup of any dried fruit and add 3 tablespoons of buttermilk. If the bread turns out too sticky in the middle after baking, reduce the buttermilk to the original recipe. Sprinkle the top with white sugar before baking.
For a lighter less dense bread substitue milk as follows: 1 & 3/4 cup buttermilk and 3/4 cup regular or soymilk. (I'm still playing with this tweak, but this one seems to work best)
I tend to roll my dough and lightly knead it, but not much. And if it starts pulling apart, add a pinch of self-rising flour, if starts feeling heavy or too moist, add a pinch of regular milk or soymilk. Kind of goes by feel after you've made it a few dozen times LOL!
Sweetened variations: I had really bad luck with Mikee's sweetened variation, so here's what I did.
Use one cup vanilla sweetened soy milk (works better than regular milk for the flavor), heat until steaming but not boiling, then steep two or three teabags (flavored herbals and chai work well, especially orange spice) and add a handful of dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cherries, especially the ones that are sweetened with other fruit flavors.....orange sweetened cranberries with orange spice tea is out of this world!) as well as up to a handful of any finely chopped nuts that you desire. (slivered blanched almonds steeped in with dried cherries and chai tea bags is to die for!)
Eat it and be happy!
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