A few days ago, I tried a new recipe from a book called "How to Bake" that I got for my 16th birthday. It's a recipe for a 7-8 inch easy bread called and Irish soda bread. I made it, but I had to do a lot of improvising because I probably didn't follow the instructions correctly. So, I had to improvise. I successfully retried the recipe without having to improvise again. I'll tell you how I made it. This recipe will serve up to eight people.
- 3 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour.
- 1 tablespoon of sugar.
- 1 teaspoon of salt.
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
- 1 ½ cups of buttermilk.
- Put all of the dry ingredients in a big plastic bowl.
- Stir the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula until they're well mixed.
- Add the buttermilk and mix again until well mixed.
- Cover the top with plastic wrap and let it sit for five minutes.
- Set up a rack in the middle of the oven without another rack on top and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Cover a clean counter with flour to not let the dough stick to the surface and knead the dough until it's a smooth ball.
- Put the dough ball on a cookie pan with wax paper on top to prevent sticking.
- Cut the dough with a knife across twice about an inch deep and let the dough sit for fifteen minutes.
- Bake the dough for forty-five minutes and check by sticking a clean toothpick in the middle, if the toothpick comes out clean, it's done.
- Get the bread out of the oven and let it cool.
- When cool, cut it into slices and enjoy!
That's how I made an Irish soda bead. I brought it to school yesterday and shared it with my friends. They really liked the bread. I'm considering making another Irish soda bread and bringing it to school next year.