St. Patrick’s Day is approaching and you may be starting to plan your menu. Even if you aren’t Irish it is still fun to have a delicious feast full of recipes from the Emerald Isle. This is a traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe that can be made with or without raisins. It is a dense and flavorful bread that complements soups and stews well. You don’t have to wait until St. Patty’s Day to enjoy this hearty bread.
- 4½ cups flour
- 1 TB. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 4 TB unsalted butter
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1¾ cups buttermilk
- 1 cup raisins (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease cast iron pan, baking stone, or baking sheet.
- In large mixing bowl whisk together dry ingredients. Mix in butter with pastry cutter until flour mixture is crumbly. Make a small well in the center of flour and add egg and buttermilk.
- Mix with a would spoon until well combined. Lightly flour hands and knead dough lightly, do not over-knead or bread will be tough. Dough will be slightly sticky and shaggy.
- Form dough into a round shaped loaf and place in greased pan. Score dough with a large X about 1 inch deep.
- Bake for 35-45 minutes or until done in the center. (insert knife and if it comes out clean bread is done) Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Best served warm or toasted.
What are you serving this St. Patrick’s Day?