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This Spotted Dog Irish Soda bread is not the purist’s version of the Irish Soda Bread that I first learned to bake as a youngster, but delicious none the less. I helped out at the parish Rectory and Church sanctuary on Saturdays and Ms. Betty Craney who was the parish housekeeper taught me how to make the bread she made for the Priests there. She was from Ireland, with a heavy brogue but a lovely woman who kept the rectory spotless, the Priests well fed and was a dear friend to many. Her recipe was a genuine Irish soda bread is a basic roll with a perfectly caramelized, rough outside layer and a decent bite, best consumed generously spread with salty Irish butter.
Soda bread has been an Irish family staple since baking soda got to be monetarily accessible in the mid nineteenth century. It utilizes just a couple of fixings that the vast majority of people had on hand—flour, salt, baking soda, and buttermilk from the ” sour or harsh milk container” each house had before the arrival of refrigeration. It additionally didn’t have to be baked; it could be heated in a bastible, a sort of cast-iron Dutch stove, suspended over an open fire. Hot coals were put on the cover so the warmth originated from both the top and underneath. Anyway, now that we have ovens and refrigeration, this bread has gotten so easy to make that you, as well, may end up baking an Irish Soda Bread regularly. There’s even a Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread! More authentic recipes and a history of soda bread can be found on their site.
Later in life, I came upon this recipe, slightly sweet but not really a tea cake and loved the variation on the basic bread. Be certain to mark the bread with a cross before baking. This opens the crust so the heat can penetrate the center of the loaf. Irish folklore says that this is also done to let the fairies out.
If you want a more crisp bottom of the loaf turn the loaf over for the last 4-5 minutes of baking.Print
Have you ever made traditional Irish Soda Bread or Spotted Dog Bread? Which is your favorite?