St. Patrick's Day recipes
Irish soda bread--It's good for you; salmon a simple staple in Ireland, too
Marg Carroll and Jayne de Constant
If you have the good fortune to drive around the Ireland countryside, you'll find Irish Soda Bread served just about everywhere you go, at every meal. You'll find it in the bed and breakfast, the local pub, the elegant hotels. There are many variations. Some have golden raisins or molasses. Others have caraway seeds or mixed fruit. Basically, whole wheat and baking soda are the staple ingredients. And the good news is that it is not only tasty, but it is good for you. It is low in fat and high in fiber and protein. Here is a recipe you can try.
GOLDEN RAISIN IRISH BREAD
2 Cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 Cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick (1/4cup) unsalted butter (cold), cut into bits
1 Cup golden raisins
1 Cup buttermilk or plain yogurt
Preheat oven to 400* F. and sprinkle a baking sheet lightly with flour. In a large bowl whisk together flour, wheat germ, baking soda and salt. Add butter and toss to coat with flour. With fingertips rub in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add raisins and toss until coated. Add buttermilk or yogurt and stir till dough is moistened evenly.
On a floured surface knead dough 1 minute, sprinkling lightly with additional flour to prevent sticking Shape dough into a ball (Dough should remain soft.)
On prepared baking sheet, pat dough into a six-inch round. Sprinkle round with additional flour and with fingertips spread lightly over round.
Bake bread in the middle of the oven 35 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Wrap bread in a kitchen towel and cool on a rack. Unwrap and cool 1 hour more.
SIMPLE SALMON (with apologies to Simon)
1/2 stick butter
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 lb salmon
Wash salmon. Pat dry.
Place on foil-covered pan, skin side down.
Melt butter with lemon juice.
Paint or pour over salmon.
Sprinkle salmon with dill to cover.
Bake for 20 minutes in 350 degree oven.
Use spatula to lift salmon meat from its skin.
Toss out foil. No pan to wash.
--JAYNE DE CONSTANT
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