Monday, January 23, 2012

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Last week, our history study touched on the Potato Famine in Ireland during the mid 1800's.  During this time period nearly one million Irish died and another million left the country.  Approximately 800,000 of those who left, emigrated to the United States.

Today, my girlie made traditional Irish Soda Bread as a cooking activity wrapping up our Irish Potato Famine study.  This bread is SO TASTY!  It would be a great addition to a St. Patrick's Day meal also!  We'll remember this recipe next month as we plan our special Irish meal.

Irish Soda Bread
(recipe from Story of the World Activity Book 4)


2 cups white flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup currants
1 1/2 cups buttermilk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients.  Cut in the butter until it is pea-sized. Stir in the currants and buttermilk.  Turn the dough onto a floured surface, knead 1 minute, and shape into a disk.  Cut an "X" on the top and bake on a greased baking sheet (or place on parchment paper on a baking stone) for 45-50 minutes.

My girlie doing what she loves!

Notice her fancy hair...she did that by herself too!

I love these LITTLE hands!

Ready for the oven

Fresh out of the oven

So incredibly good!

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