Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Well, we finished Pi Day this week with a chicken pot pie this time. Now, we have St. Patrick’s Day with the traditional corned beef and cabbage.
I have made Irish Soda Bread in the past from a mix and it is so easy to make yourself! Anyone can do it – even a kid! Plus you do not need yeast. Irish Soda Bread is like a giant biscuit and you use baking soda and buttermilk to leaven the bread. If you do not like raisins – just leave them out!
- 2 and ½ cups (10 oz.) white whole wheat flour
- 1 and ¼ cups (5.25 oz.) all purpose or bread flour
- 3 Tb. (1.25 oz.) sugar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ¾ tsp. salt
- ⅔ cup (3.5 oz.) raisins
- 4 Tb. (2 oz.) cold butter, cut up
- 1 and ⅓ cup buttermilk (or 1 Tb. lemon juice topped with regular milk)
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a 8" or 9" round cake pan or pie pan with a coating of grease or baking spray.
- In a great big bowl, mix the dry stuff: white whole wheat flour, AP or bread flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and raisins. Whisk together!
- Using your fingers, drop the butter into the dry mix and work the butter in. I use my fingers, but you can use forks or a pastry cutter. You shouldn't see any chunks of butter.
- In a not so great big bowl: mix the buttermilk (or lemon juice and milk) with the egg. Whisk that with a fork until combined. Add to the dry mix.
- Bring the wet and dry ingredients together with a spatula and once the dough comes together, knead just a couple times.
- Place the dough into the prepared pan.
- Take out a bread knife and cut a large X into the top of the dough about ½" deep.
- Bake for 35-45 minutes. Watch closely in small convection ovens! Mine was done in about 30 minutes in the small convection. It will take closer to 40 minutes in a regular oven. Watch the top and it will be a lovely golden brown and a toothpick will come out clean.
- Allow to cool and slice! Add butter, apple butter, dip into beef juices, jam, jellies, you name it!
If you do not have white whole wheat flour, you may substitute whole wheat flour.
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