Hello Everyone~ It has been a while since I wrote a post here, but I plan to start doing it more often! Today is St. Patrick's Day, and instead of going green and rainbows, I decided to go traditional. My grandma used to make my mom soda bread a lot when she was young, so I figured I'd try my hand at it. Mom tested, Mom approved.
"There are earlier references to the American Indians using soda ash and pearl ash or “potash” to leaven their bread.
In America, early soda bread recipes first appeared by Amelia Simmons in 1796 in her book American Cookery and by Mary Randolph in 1824 in The Virginia Housewife." (Janice, 5 Minutes for Mom)
Baking Soda was not readily available to the Irish until the 1840's, and due to the potato famine, soda bread became a staple in the Irish diet.
Soda Bread was traditionally made using soft wheat flour, baking soda, and soured milk or buttermilk. In order to replace the wheat flour, I used a blend of white rice flour, brown rice flour, arrowroot, and tapioca flour. I also used butter, baking soda, buttermilk, and egg to give it a bit more stability.
Normally eaten with a hearty stew of lamb or minced meat or with butter and jam, I decided to pair mine with some tea and jam.