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Waking Earth Honey Soda Bread

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Yesterday, when I was outside with the girls, we saw bunny tracks.  We also saw a mole/vole tunnel under the snow.  Soon, the sap will start to flow in our old Sugar Maples and the Earth will indeed begin waking up beneath its blanket of ice and snow.

I make soda bread every year around this time.  It's round like the sun, a little sweet, full of yummy chopped fruit and loaded with caraway seeds... in hope of Spring.

Waking Earth Soda Bread
3 1/2 cups whole grain flour of choice
3/4 cup local honey (I used buckwheat this year)
1 tsp baking powder**
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 stick margarine (or 8 tbsp olive oil)
1 egg
1 1/4 cup soymilk with 1tbsp cider vinegar added (buttermilk substitute)
1/2 cup raisins or currants or chopped apricots
1tsp dried caraway seeds
more caraway seeds to sprinkle on top

** DIY corn-free baking powder* 
1 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp cream of tartar yields 1tbsp
Preheat oven to 350f
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
 In a seperate small bowl, cream together margarine and honey.  Pour honey mixture into the dry ingredient bowl and combine. Add egg and "buttermilk".  Mix until moistened.   Add fruit and seeds, folding to incorporate.

Put your mixture in a greased springform or 9inch round pan.  Cut a design in the top of the loaf if you desire (I usually do a spiral or a sun to stick with the Spring theme... some people like to do a Brigid's /St. Bridget's cross) and sprinkle the top with the remaining caraway seeds.
Bake in your preheated oven for 1 hour.   Let cool (about 30 seconds in our house) and enjoy!!

Kid Approved!


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