Baking, Esq.

10th March 2012

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Irish Soda Bread

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I decided I needed to make something in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and there is no way I was gonna eat corned beef (plus by now you all have surely figured out I am something of a carb addict) sooooo…. I decided to try my hand at Irish Soda Bread.

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I was a little overwhelmed with how many variations there are on that theme but this recipe just looked good and delicious.  And my bread turned out absolutely beautiful!

Irish Soda Bread

From: In Words and Pictures 

4 - 4 1/2 cups flour

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

4 tbsp butter at room temperature and cut into slices

1 cup raisins

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 3/4 cups buttermilk (don’t have buttermilk?  No worries: simply add a teaspoon of lemon juice to fresh milk and let it sit for a while) 

Plump your raisins in a bowl by covering them in hot water and allowing them to sit till needed.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  

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Whisk together 4 cups of flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.  Using a pastry cutter (or a fork, or even go for it with your fingers) work in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Drain and stir in your raisins.  


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Dig a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the buttermilk and beaten egg into the well.  Stir with a wooden spoon until the dough is too stiff to stir.  Turn the dough out onto a floured board and give it one or two turns of kneading.  Be careful here not to over-knead!  You just want it to come together to form a rough ball.  And the dough will be a little sticky.  

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Transfer the dough to a baking sheet and shape into a rounded loaf.  Score the top with a deep X shape.

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Bake 35-45 minutes (mine was actually more like 50 minutes) until a thin knife or long skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.


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If your crust starts to get too dark, as mine did, you can tent aluminum foil around it and let it finish baking.


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

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Tagged: breadIrishSt. Patricks DayRasinsQuick bread

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