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Happy St.Patrick's Day!

In honour of St.Patrick's Day I thought I'd share a very special video of my Nannie and I making Irish wheaten bread.  This has always been my favourite recipe of hers and I've re-created it many times myself.  The video is a little long, but make sure to skip through half way to catch my adorable grandfather (or Poppie as we call him).

IRISH SODA BREAD WITH DRIED FRUIT

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup sugarscant
  • 2tsp. b. soda (scant)
  • 1 teas salt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • l 1/2 cups buttermilk or more
  • Dried Fruits:
  • 1/2 cup sultanas and golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup cranberries,apricots, prunes and currants
  1. In large bowl put all flours, sugar ,b.soda salt,
  2. Add all dried fruits and with slightly floured hands mix together well until all fruit is seperated!
  3. Make well in centre, add conola oil and buttermilk until slightly stick consistency.
  4. On floured board knead into ball and roll into ball, then with rolling pin until about 2-3" high
  5. Use round, oval, or square pans, well greased and slightly floured or use parchment paper.
  6. Bake 350 or little less 30 to 45 mts. Check oven after 20 mts, then every ten or less until tester comes out dry

NANNIE'S IRISH WHEATEN BREAD

  • 2 cups wholewheat flour
  • l cup a.p. flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar (scant)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. b.soda
  • 1 tsp.salt
  • 1 /3 cup conola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or more)

ADD ON'S:

  • 1/3 cup wheat germ
  • 1/3 cup bran
  • 1/3 cup Quacker Oats
  1. In large bowl add flours, sugar, b.soda, salt and add on's for my Nannie's version.
  2. Stir well until blended, make well in centre, add oil and enough buttermilk to make slightly sticky dough.
  3. With floured hands knead dough into a ball.
  4. Form into about 2" square, round or oval pan or pyrex dish depending what you are using.
  5. Greasing well and slightly floured or even better using parchment paper.
  6. Bake 350 or a little less for around 30 minutes or until cooked check oven after 20 minutes then every five until tester comes out dry.