19/03/2009

drumroll please!

voila - the recipe!

2.5 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  1. mix all dry ingredients (except sugar)
  2. now, you may add the sugar. don't ask questions - just add. shh. trust me.
  3. add oil and buttermilk; stirring well before adding to dry ingredients (it'll separate if you don't)
  4. mix well
  5. place about 1/4 cup of flour on a clean countertop and placing ball of dough in the centre, and knead with the heel of your hand. the dough shouldn't stick to your hands - if it does, add a little more flour.
  6. Form into a cylinder shape and then cut into 4 portions. from there, flatten each portion of dough out into a round cake, approximately 1/2 - 3/4 " thick. (you don't want to go much thicker than this; thicker loaves won't cook all the way through)
  7. bake on a griddle at 325F for approximately 10-15 minutes each side. Colour should be a dark golden brown when cooked.
my gramma's friend used to say they'll tell you when they're ready (which we've come to interpret as: when you tap on them and they sound hollow, you're good to go)

we cut them down the middle, and then again into smaller slices lengthwise... but i suppose you can slice 'em whatever way that suits your fancy.

you can serve them with butter or jam; whatever floats your boat. personally, i like the simplicity of butter because it lets you taste the subtle flavours of the bread, but either way goes well with tea. delish!


(mike oh-so-kindly took a picture of the loaves that i made earlier this week before they got gobbled up. thanks mike!)

2 comments:

katelynjane said...

Oh dear lord these look GOOOOOD! I'm SO trying this recipe this weekend...if not tonight! Jam and a drop of whipped cream on these with a cup 'a tea would hit the spot!

katelynjane said...

I made the Soda Bread this afternoon! Hubby and I weren' hungry enough for a full dinner so I made it, mixed up some whipped cream and ate it with tea while we watched the Vancouver game (: It's SOO GOOD!! Thanks for the recipe!

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