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GRANNIE FOSTER'S

  • 1 CUP SELF-RISING FLOUR
  • 1/2 TSP SALT
  • 1 TSP BAKING SODA
  • 1 CUP BUTTERMILK
I've read so many recipes for Irish Soda Bread and I can't believe the things they've done to the soda bread real Irish people make and eat.

Mix all of the above ingredients together. Turn out onto lightly flour-covered surface. Knead for approximately 3 minutes (be patient, you rascal). Shape into an 8" round. Using a floured knife, cut round into quarters.

Lightly flour a round griddle (or electric frying pan if there is no round griddle) and place soda farrels on griddle, preheated to 350°F. Cook each side for approximately 5 minutes (be patient, you rascal). Stand each farrel on end for approx. 2 minutes to make sure the inside is cooked.

THIS IS REAL IRISH SODA BREAD.

Delicious warm with butter and jam or cut farls into two equal parts and into two equal parts again and fry in bacon grease until brown and crispy. Serve with fried eggs, bacon, sausages or ham. Enjoy!

From: Liz in Toronto
Submitted by Tess M Nov 15, 2009

15 min 30 min 45 min

Buttermilk

  • Yogurt mixed with milk (2 to 1 ratio) is a good substitute for buttermilk
  • A good buttermilk substitute is to combine a cup of milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice and let it stand for 10 minutes
  • Buttermilk has no butter content and actually has lower fat content than sweet milk
  • Cultured buttermilk is thick and a little bit sour like yogurt
  • Cultured buttermilk is made from lowfat mlk and is fermented with acid
  • The most common use of buttermilk today is to be condensed and used for baking
  • Buttermilk is the liquid that remains in the churn after the butter forms into a solid

Bacon

  • Bacon has become increasingly more popular since the 1980's and is now featured in dishes such as chicken fried bacon, bacon ice cream, and chocolate covered bacon
  • An American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study indicated that a person who consumes more than 4 servings of Bacon per week has an increased risk of bladder cancer
  • The World Cancer Research Fund found that the daily consumption of 150 grams of processed meats per day (about 6 strips of bacon) will increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 50% or more
  • Studies have shown that people who regularly consume processed meat are more than 40 percent more likely to die prematurely
  • The American Institute for Cancer Research states that two strips of bacon per day can raise your risk of colorectal cancer by more than 20 percent
  • Bacon is high in saturated fat which raises your bad cholesterol and is harmful to your heart function
  • Almost 70% of the calories in bacon come from fat
  • The bacon we know today originated in the 1700's when the side of the pork was cured with salt and pigs were bred specifically for this type of meat
  • The Chinese were curing pork in ancient times, as early as 1500 B.C.
  • The English refer to a side of bacon as a "gammon" and a slice as a "rasher"
  • The word "bacon" was derived from the German and French words for "back"
  • The British are often credited with creating a refined method of curing pork to create the bacon that we know today
  • The expression "bring home the bacon" originated in an English church as a reward to men who went an entire year without fighting with his spouse

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