In case you're wondering, St. Patrick's Day is Sunday March 17th this year. I thought about what to post this year to help "get my Irish on." Like the American corned beef & cabbage, soda bread's origin is debatable. The raisins could be eliminated for a more authentic soda bread.
I had a conversation with Lin, a good friend of ours about Irish soda bread. She told me that the recipe that she has used for over 20 years is the best. I asked for it and she delivered. The recipe was simple enough, even for a non-baker like myself. But how would it taste? I wondered.
5 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar (optional)
4 Tbsp. butter-softened
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. baking powder
2-1/2 cups buttermilk
1 egg, slightly beaten
1-1/2 cups raisins
1 cup golden raisins
|Dry ingredients and cubed butter|
|Add buttermilk and beaten egg|
|Mixed dry and wet ingredients|
|Add golden raisins|
|Divide dough in half |
|Make cross and dust with flour|
NOTE: The dough was too sticky to knead so we just divided it in half, made crosses on top of each mound and lightly dusted with flour. If the bread or raisins begin to brown too much, lightly cover the bread with a sheet of aluminum foil and continue baking. You can test for the bread by using a toothpick or tap lightly on the top and it will sound slightly hollow. I would cut the raisins in half next time (1-1/2 cups).
|Would you like a slice?|
© TMelle 2013