Since Nadia is consistantly saying she wants to be a “chef-cooker” when she grows up, I have been attempting to be more consistent with a recipe a week with her to learn new kitchen skills. Last weekend we tried Irish Soda Bread from Blossoms and Posies.
This was a great recipe because Nadia did every step with just a little assist from me (mostly reminders). I also did the final kneading of the bread and cut the cross in the middle.
This bread was very good – we tried it with strawberry preserves and with butter. Next time we try this I will use our regular gas oven because it came out too crusty on the outside and doughy on the inside with the convection oven.
Here is the recipe:
4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Pour lemon juice into milk and stir.
- Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl.
- Make a well in the flour mixture and stir in the milk/lemon juice.
- Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently for about a minute, then form it into a soft ball.
- Slightly flatten the ball and lay it on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
- Cut an X in the top of the dough.
- Bake for 40 minutes, or until golden and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.