Irish soda bread

February 28, 2018

I am Irish. I have lots of memories of gathering at my Nana's house for big St. Patrick's day celebrations. The trouble is, I don't love corned beef and cabbage. In an attempt to carry on my grandmother's traditions I had to find something I could make to commemorate this green holiday. I'm a scone lover and find that Irish soda bread has a similar appeal.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 4 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup raisins, golden raisins or combination of both

  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 egg

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

  • 1/4 cup buttermilk

This recipe was adapted from an Allrecipes.com version. I find that this site is a great place to search for new recipe ideas.

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.

 

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder,and salt. Cut in margarine using a pastry cutter. I might typically use a food processor for this job but we have a huge bowl of ingredients here. I don't think it would all fit.

 

Add raisins and mix to combine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly.

 

While the original recipe suggests you form dough into a single round and place on prepared baking sheet, I found that it was hard to get the loaf cooked through without burning the outside. I like to form two smaller rounds and complete the steps from here.  

 

In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaves with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaves.

 

Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaves comes out clean, 35 minutes. Don't forget that you can use a probe thermometer to temp them as well. Check for doneness after 30 minutes. The temperature should be near 200° F.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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