Crockpot Irish Soda Bread

Crockpot Irish Soda Bread

Crockpot Irish Soda Bread – Just so you know, this bread is a much denser bread (sort of like cornbread)  than our American white bread. We found the bread to be great with chili, soups, or to snack on. One of the traditions they have in Ireland that I really have tried to adopt is that when they take long road trips (they – being the natives of Ireland), the Irish take actual restorative breaks by pulling the car off to the side of the road, putting out a couple of chairs or blanket and pouring out a hot beverage (mostly tea) and some sort of sweet bread, cookie or biscuit.  This bread would have fit in perfectly.

Crockpot Irish Soda Bread

Crockpot Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups (10 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons Olive oil (I changed this from unsalted butter to olive oil.)
  • 1 large egg

Crockpot Irish Soda Bread

Directions

  1. In 2-cup glass bowl, mix together milk and vinegar; let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Lightly spray the sides and the bottom of your slow cooker. Wiebke used a round 4 qt slow cooker.
  3. In large mixing bowl, mix together flours, brown sugar, salt and baking soda.
  4. Rub olive oil into flour mixture with fingers. However, I preferred a whisk and Wiebke likes a mixer.
  5. Whisk egg into the soured milk.
  6. Make a depression in center of flour mixture and pour in all but about 1/4 cup of the milk mixture.
  7. Slowly mix the flour mixture and the liquid.
  8. Stir gently to combine into a slightly sticky dough that can be formed into a very pliable soft ball, adding more liquid if needed.
  9. Lightly knead the dough in the bowl, 5 or 6 times, forming it into a ball.
  10. Place the dough ball into the center of the slow cooker.
  11. The dough will flatten a little to a diameter of roughly 6 inches and a height of about 2 1/2 inches.
  12. Using a sharp knife, cut a 1/4-inch deep cross in the top of the dough. (This will help the bread to be baked through and to not have an underdone texture.)
  13. Set the slow cooker to the HIGH and cook for about 3-3 ½ hours.
  14. You can test if the bread is done by seeing if a toothpick stuck into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  15. Remove the loaf from the slow cooker and place it on a wire rack.
  16. Cover it with a clean kitchen towel.
  17. Cool the loaf off for about 2 hours.
  18. If you slice it before it as cooled off completely, it may fall apart.

Thanks greatly to TheHard Hat Belles for the handy video and the delicious Crockpot Irish Soda Bread recipe.

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