Irish Soda Bread
Brian’s Belly is a website for men, but our boys club has received some great email and feedback from chicks that visit us regularly and (believe it or not) have something to contribute to our website. So after much prodding, whining and pouty puppy-dog eyes, we’ve decided to let them speak. No, we’re not going to let them hang curtains and tidy up the website… we’re just going to let them write. Any woman who appreciates being called a Belly Babe is welcome here, and after all- we love the fact that we have groupies.
Submitted by Belly Babe Maureen Carroll
Guys, we appreciate that you’re letting the ladies contribute recipes at your little boys club, but if television has taught me anything it’s that women usually do the cooking (especially the baking). So I think that we know a thing or two about what goes on in the kitchen. So why don’t you go back outside to the barbecue and stop leaving footprints on my clean floor- oh, but before you leave, could you open this jar?
- 3 cups of flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tablespoons of white sugar
- 1/2 cup raisins (soak them in warm water for at least 15 minutes before using them)
- 1 beaten egg
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons margarine, melted
Preheat over to 350 degrees, lightly grease and flour a large baking sheet. Mix flour, baking soda and sugar together in a mixing bowl.
Put raisins into the flour mixture you just made to coat them. Make a well in the center of the mix and add the egg, buttermilk and melted margarine. Mix all together.
Put the dough onto a floured surface and knead a few times. Do not over handle the dough… knead for only about a minute.
Shape the dough into a round loaf and slice an X across the top. Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
May the loaf rise up to meet you! Happy St. Patrick’s Day.