We have kind neighbors. They look after the small creatures for us, on occasion. They bring us produce from their garden and jam from their kitchens sometimes. And so we share in return. Having allowed the toddler to watch (“not helped, mommy, I watched”) the production of a baked good, though, we can’t simply give it away in entirety. Some of it must stay in the house for our own consumption, even though the toddler won’t eat a crumb. She just feels possessive. And so I made a double batch of soda bread, to share.
Soda Bread To Share
Preheat oven to 350. Prepare two large loaf pans with Pam For Baking -or- butter and flour.
6 cups AP flour
1 1/4 c sugar
4 t salt
4 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
12 T butter, chilled and cubed
2 1/2 c buttermilk
Up to 3 cups add-ins. I used 1 1/2 c dried cranberries and the zest of one orange, here. Dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, zests, liqueuers (add those to the volume of buttermilk) and extracts are all good.
Cut the butter into the flour until it has the texture of coarse meal. Add remaining dry ingredients, then remaining wet ingredients, then stir in your inclusions. Continue beating batter for 2-5 minutes. Divide into loaf pans, sprinkle with more sugar, and bake, testing for doneness beginning at 1 hour 15 minutes. The loaves took 1 hour 30 minutes to be done for me.