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Irish Soda Bread

Here with another new treat that’s quickly becoming one of my family’s favorites – Irish Soda Bread!  This bread is a snap to make and comes together really fast!  It’s leavened with baking soda instead of yeast so that means no rising time.  Just mix, shape, and bake!  It’s super customize-able too.  I’ve made it using some whole wheat flour and with different dried fruits and it’s always yummy.  It goes great with soups, as a snack, even breakfast!  So versatile!

Irish Soda Bread (Adapted from For the Love of Cooking)

  • 4 cups flour (can use all purpose, wheat, or mix)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 1 3/4 cup buttermilk (I use regular milk soured with vinegar)
  • 1 extra large egg
  • Optional – zest of 1 orange or lemon; 1 cup mixed dried fruits such as candied ginger, cranberries, raisins, or currants mixed with 1 tablespoon of flour; 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • Optional savory – omit sugar and add grated cheese, chopped scallions or chopped onions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the 4 cups of flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour, texture will be like cornmeal.  Whisk together the buttermilk and egg in a separate bowl until very well combined.  Slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and mix until just combined.  Do not over mix!  Add any mix-ins and fold gently.
Dump the dough out onto a floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf.
Place the loaf on the prepared baking sheet and lightly cut an x into the top of the bread with a serrated
knife.  Optional – spray top of loaf with cooking spray and sprinkle coarse sugar.
Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out
clean. When you tap the loaf, it should have a hollow sound.
Let loaf cool & enjoy!

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