So I was standing in line at our local Sprouts Market a week or so ago and they were sampling their warm out of the oven Irish Soda Bread, you know…the gluten variety…ya so totally had to pass, but it was one of those moments when you’re feeling a bit outta the tasting scene! Oh, not to mention it was slathered with Kerry Gold butter! So instead of feeling deprived for too long at all, I set out to make a version we could all enjoy!!
Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:
By Paige Geimer
Paleo Irish Soda Bread
roughly a tablespoon of butter or fat of choice for cast iron skillet or baking sheet
2½ cups Otto’s Cassava Flour
1¾ teaspoon Redmond Kosher Salt
1⅛ teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons softened grass-fed butter
2 cups raw milk buttermilk**
¼ cup grass-fed butter, melted
¼ cup raw milk buttermilk
optional add ins: shredded grass fed cheese, raisins, chopped nuts…your choice
1. Pre-heat oven to 450°
2. Rub a small amount of butter or coconut oil on the bottom of a 12″ cast iron pan or dutch oven.
3. In a medium bowl, combine Otto’s cassava flour, Redmond Kosher salt and baking soda until well combined. We used a whisk to fluff it up!
4. Add butter to flour mixture and use your finger tips to work it in, doesn’t have to perfectly distributed…this is a rustic bread, so just get it worked in, so it’s fairly easily dispersed.
5. Make a well with your finger tips in the middle of the flour mixture and then pour all the buttermilk into the center. Using a wooden spoon begin slowly stirring to combine. DO NOT OVER MIX this dough, it will be more airy if you let it just come together.
6. Once it’s all combined, plop into the cast iron pan and shape lightly with your hands or a spatula into a dome.
7. Melt the ¼ cup butter in a small saucepan and then add the buttermilk, stir to combine and then brush on top of mounded dough with a pastry brush.
8. Cover cast iron pan with foil and bake for 25 minutes.
9. After the first 25 minutes, remove from oven and remove foil – brush again with butter/buttermilk mixture and return to oven without the foil for another 15 minutes.
10. Remove from oven, apply more butter/buttermilk mixture… Optional step: At this point we sprinkled on some more shredded cheese and some chopped chives. Totally optional, but if you’ve possibly added nuts to the dough, you may consider sprinkling on some finely chopped nuts…but certainly optional! Bake for 15 more minutes.
11. Remove from oven, apply more butter/buttermilk mixture and bake for 10 more minutes.
Remove from oven again and carefully lift up dough with a large spatula and thump the bottom crust…it should sound hollow….if it passes the sound test, you’re all done! If not bake for an additional 5-7 minutes.
12. If you want, you can brush one last time with the last of the butter/buttermilk mixture and bake for 5 more minutes just to give it a few more minutes to brown up.
13. Remove from oven and let it set for about 15 minutes…if you try to cut or tear into this loaf piping hot, you will smoosh it and it will have a gummy texture. Patience…patience!! It will still be warm after 15 minutes…remember it was 450° inside that oven!!
14. Tear into chunks or cut into slices and slather with some butter or jam…or both!!!! It makes wonderful toast as well!!
*to make coconut milk buttermilk, add 1 T apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of coconut milk, whisk together and let it set for 5-7 minutes. **to make raw milk buttermilk, add 1 T apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of coconut milk, whisk together and let it set for 5-7 minutes.
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