Irish Soda Bread

St. Patricks Day approaches and you need something to serve for dinner along side your corned beef and cabbage!  How about a lovely, easy, and delicious Irish soda bread?

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Wash it down with a little Guinness, and have some green velvet cake for dessert.   This is easily one of my favorite “holidays” of the year, and I couldn’t tell you why.   I’m not even Irish!  The closest tie I have anywhere near Ireland is a long-distant relative who is traceable back to the Highlands in the 1600’s….but I digress….

If you’re not much of a bread person, believe me, you can make this.  It’s actually more like a giant biscuit, with currants in it.   Serve hot with a little butter and you’re set!  No need to wear green on Thursday if you consume this delightful goodness.  You’ll be Irish on the inside in an instant!

I have made a more traditional Irish Soda bread before but it takes a lot of time to let rise, etc.  Perhaps I’ll post that one next year.  I need time to perfect my bread-making skills!

And perhaps you do, too…

Now go and make some bread!

 

You will need: 

A baking pan

A medium mixing bowl

A fork

A wooden spoon

Cooking spray

 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 Tablespoons butter (sliced, and at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk (imperative!)

 

Directions: 

Preheat Oven to 375º F

  1. Mix the dry ingredients (everything but the butter, currants and milk) in a medium bowl until combined.
  2. Cut in slices of the butter and mash it in with your fork.

  3. Add the currents and mix using the wooden spoon.

  4. Add the buttermilk a little bit at a time until the batter is moistened.

  5. Spray your baking sheet with cooking spray or brush with oil.

  6. Roll dough into a ball and score the top with a knife to make a cross.  You can make it anywhere between 1/2 to an inch deep.

  7. Set the dough in the middle of your baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes.  You should see the top browning evenly.

There are raisins…and then there are currants…

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Mixing the ingredients:

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Rolling the dough into a ball:

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Scoring the top of the bread before baking:

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Enjoy with dinner or just as a snack!  I promise you this is the easiest bread you’ll ever make.

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Yum yum!

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Happy early St. Patrick’s Day!

 

-K

 


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