Are you ready for St. Patrick's Day? This year, go beyond adding green food coloring to every dish on your table with this authentic Irish Soda Bread from VN columnist Robin Robertson. There's no better time to start celebrating St. Patty's than the top o' the morning, and this warm, hearty bread will ensure that your holiday gets off to a festive start. Serving with a strong Irish coffee is optional.
Makes 1 loaf
What You Need:
1-1/4 cups soymilk
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon canola oil
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins
What You Do:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine the soymilk, vinegar, and oil in a bowl and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until blended. Stir in the raisins. Add the soymilk mixture and mix well to make a stiff dough.
3. Shape dough into a round loaf and place on a lightly-oiled baking sheet. Pat the top down slightly, then use a sharp knife to cut an X shape on top. Bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
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