Hello foodies and bakers,
St. Patrick's Day is this Sunday March 16th. A day filled with adult beverages, corned beef, cabbage, and of course, Irish soda bread. What is Irish soda bread? Think: a quick bread with raisins, almost like a not-so-sweet scone.
This recipe is easy to make and yes, easy to eat! Enjoy it on St. Patrick's Day or with a big cup of tea on a sunny afternoon. Don't forget this is not a once-a-year recipe, it is a year long recipe!
Rustic Irish Soda Bread
Yields: 2 round loaves
Oven: 400 degrees F
Time: 40 minutes
Equipment needed: Large cast iron skillet or dutch oven (if you do not have one, a parchment lined cookie sheet works, too); measuring cups / spoons; bowl scraper; cutting board; chef knife; sifter; mixing bowls
4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoon unsalted butter, cubed and cold
1 1/2 cup buttermilk (or you can add 2 tablespoon vinegar to 1 1/4 cup whole milk)
1 cup raisins
When you are pre-heating the oven, place the cast iron skillet/dutch oven in the oven to get hot. If you do not have one, place a parchment line cookie tray in the oven. This is to achieve a golden crust on the bottom. A hot pan = golden-ness on the bottom of your soda bread. Trust me on this!
In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients:
'Cut' in 5 tablespoons unsalted butter into the dry ingredients with your hands (if you have a pastry cutter you can use one) until the butter is pea-size
Whisk together wet ingredients in a bowl:
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix until a dough forms, using a bowl scrapper
Add 1 cup raisins.
Softly knead on a cutting board for 1 minutes.
Form into 2 round disks. Cut a "x" on top of each disk
Carefully transfer the dough disks to the hot cast iron pan or cookie sheet in the oven.
Bake for 40 minutes.
Let cool. Eat. enjoy.
Happy baking and happy St. Patrick's Day!