Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Irish Soda Bread


This post is a bit late, but better late than never. We celebrated St. Patty's Day with my family on Monday night and I was in charge of dessert. I knew I wanted to make something authentic and from scratch. After looking through tons of recipes, I opted for Irish soda bread. Now, traditionally this is not a sweet bread. So, really, I put my own twist on it and surprisingly it turned out well. This would be a great breakfast bread. Looking forward to having some with my coffee.

Ingredients:

½  teaspoon baking soda
 ¾ cup sugar
1⅓ cups buttermilk
 1 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour
1 cup raisins
powdered sugar
½  teaspoon baking powder

Preheat your oven to 350°. Mix all of your dry ingredients together well, then stir in the raisins and the milk. Keep mixing until it forms a sticky dough. Pour the dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth. I'd say about 10 times. Make sure not to over knead it. I would also recommend putting oil on your hands before kneading. It is something I failed to do and it made it very difficult. The dough kept sticking to my fingers. Line a 9 inch cake pan with parchment paper and add the dough, making sure that it's spread out. As you can see, I used silicone bakeware and it came out nicely. Score the dough with a large "X" on top and place it in the oven for 40-45 minutes. You can make sure that it's fully cooked by sticking a knife in the center. If it comes out clean, take it out. Allow to cool for a few minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Eat within 1-2 days after baking or it'll go bad.

4 comments:

  1. I'm not Irish but I do celebrate St. Patty's day every year and even though I eat Irish Soda Bread every year I've never made it!! I'll have to remember this for next year!!!

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  2. I have never heard of that before but mmmm it sounds yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

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  3. I love Irish Soda bread! this looks perfect :)

    have a great weekend!

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