MAY YOU ALWAYS BE BLESSED
WITH WALLS FOR THE WIND.
A ROOF FOR THE RAIN.
A WARM CUP OF TEA BY THE FIRE.
LAUGHTER TO CHEER YOU.
THOSE YOU LOVE NEAR YOU.
AND ALL THAT YOUR HEART MIGHT DESIRE.
Vegan Irish soda bread
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 cup vegan butter, cut into pieces
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup currants (You can substitute raisins if needed.)
2 teaspoons caraway seed, optional
3/4 cup vegan milk
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. and grease two baking sheets (or you may use silicone baking sheets in place of greasing).
Stir or whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl until evenly blended.
Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or your hands until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
Stir in the raisins, currants (if using), and caraway seeds (also if using).
Make a well in the center of your mixture and pour in the milk and vinegar. Stir with a spoon until the dry ingredients are moistened.
Turn the dough out onto a well floured work surface, and knead gently 8 to 10 times.
Divide the dough into two balls, and place onto the prepared baking sheets.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven’s heat to 375 degrees F., and bake until the top of the bread is golden brown, about 15 minutes more. You will bake your soda bread for a total of about 30 minutes, however you may need an extra 5-10 minutes (I should have baked mine for another five minutes at least as it was still a little doughy in the center). Allow the bread to cool before cutting or storing.
Cut into wedges, then serve! They are perfect as they are, or you can add vegan butter.
This is a perfect Irish Soda Bread ~ I plan on serving it with my version of an Irish Breakfast. I’ll post more on that in a future blog.
We still have snow here in the Berkshires and one place you may want to go for snowshoeing or cross country skiing is Canterbury Farm in Becket Ma ~ just 15 minutes away. www.canterburyfarms.com . A very special wooded wonderland!
The Norman Rockwell Museum is just a 10 minute drive to Stockbridge. visit www.nrm.org for current exhibitions.
The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown Ma ~ just 45 minutes away has a variety of exhibitions for free in the off-season. ELECTRIC PARIS is showing now through April 21, 21013. I can’t wait to see “The City of Light!”
Many of the restaurants are offering St. Patrick’s Day Specials. Our favorite tavern, The Morgan House, is offering a St. Patrick’s Day Buffet & green beer!! www.morganhouseinn.com ~ just a short 2 block walk away!
Of course,The Lions Den, at The Red Lion Inn, in Stockbridge, offers nightly entertainment. redlioninn.com/rli/lions_den.html and very affordable pub fare. A 10 minute drive.
Moe’s Tavern is just 1 block away, just behind our Main Street, offers, American Craft Beer. Visit www.nocoorslight.com to see what is on tap!
Thank you for coming by my blog today~