St. Patrick’s day is celebrated throughout Ireland on March 17 in honor of Saint Patrick. He was revered for bringing Christianity to Ireland. Wearing green on this day is the norm and so is making the famous Irish Soda Bread and foods that are green in color.
The Irish make a bread where baking soda is used as a leavener which is called Soda bread. Making soda bread was on my list of ‘foods to make’ for a very long time.
I tried to kill two birds with one stone by adding some moringa powder to lend green color to the bread and also make soda bread which is customary to make on St. Patrick’s day.
The bread did turn out great, not like the regular loaf of bread. It was more dense and had a characteristic soda taste (very pleasant). Very rustic looking and of course the pale green color which made it more appealing.
The benefits of moringa which includes valuable antioxidants, boosting immunity and stabilizing blood sugar were added bonus to making the bread.
You can make this bread without using moringa powder too. Serve the bread warm with butter and I promise you will be in bread heaven.
10-12 large slices
About an hour
- 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 ½ cups buttermilk
- 4-5 tbsp butter, cold and cut into cubes
- 1 ½- 2 tsp sugar
- 3-4 tsp moringa powder
- ½ cup currants or black raisins
Preheat the oven to 400 degree F. Prepare a 10” cast iron skillet by greasing butter.
Mix flour, baking soda, salt, sugar and moringa powder in a bowl.
Add butter cubes and try to incorporate with your fingers. Add buttermilk and currants and make a dough.
The dough will be shaggy and not smooth. Just mix until everything comes together. Do not knead.
Place the dough in the prepared skillet and make/score an ‘x’ on top of the dough.
Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes. To check if the bread is done prick a toothpick in the center and make sure it comes out clean.
Serve warm with jam or butter. You can also make sandwiches out of the bread.
Notes: You can increase the amount of sugar used if you prefer more sweetness.
The bread will be crumbly in texture.
You can easily halve the recipe for a smaller loaf
The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.
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