I have been curious about Irish Soda Bread for some time now. I have seen recipes for it popping up here and there around the Internet and wondered if it was wonderful and tasty or kind of dry and boring. I don’t really care for dry and boring. (Not really my cup of tea, if you know what I am saying here.
However, since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up this weekend I decided to take the plunge…
get a little bit Irish…
and make the bread.
It was piping hot, fresh from the oven when some very sophisticated, calm, serious boys came strolling through my front door eager and willing to be my taste testers for the day.
Like I said. Really calm and serious. 🙂 These are MyLittleTwinBoys and their dear friend Ryan. They were more than happy to taste the bread for me. So, I spread a few small slices with butter and honey, the boys ingested the bread…
and gave it 6 thumbs up.
Right after they ate three more pieces each.
As it turns out the exterior of the bread is nice and crusty, while the inside is quite moist and flavorful. It’s much easier to make than breads that require yeast. You don’t have to worry about the temperature of the liquid or letting the dough rise at all. You just mix it up, plop it on a sheet, knead it two or three times and then bake it.
Easy, breezy, beautiful.
Let’s make it, man. You, me and your inner Irish self.
Irish Soda Bread with Orange Zest and Raisins
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Time: 15 min prep + 45-55 min baking
Yield: 1 loaf
Recipe lightly adapted from Ina Garten
4 C flour
4 T sugar
1 t baking soda
1 1/2 t salt
4 T cold butter
1 3/4 C buttermilk
1 t orange zest
1 C raisins
1 T flour
1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
2. Grab 4 C of flour and place it in your stand mixer, or large mixing bowl. Add 4 T sugar, 1 t baking soda and 1 1/2 t salt. Toss it around a bit to combine.
3. Take 4 T cold butter and cut it into chunks.
4. Toss the butter chunks into the dry ingredients. Using the paddle attachment (or two knives, if you don’t have a stand mixer) mix the butter in.
5. Pour 1 3/4 C buttermilk into a large glass measuring cup.
Add 1 egg and 1 t orange zest.
6. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix just until combined.
7. Grab 1 C raisins
and pour them into a small bowl. Pour 1 T flour over the top of them and give everything a nice stir allowing all of the raisins to get coated. Add the raisins to the dough and mix them in. Be careful not to over mix.
8. Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray and set the dough out on it.
9. Spray your hands with cooking spray and then knead the dough, just a few times. Then form it into a big round ball.
Like this. 🙂
11. Pop the pan into the oven and allow it to bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the outside is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If you tap the top of the loaf, it will sound hollow when the bread it done.
12. Remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool for a few minutes before you slice it.
Have a Happy St. Patty’s Day everyone!!!! Hope you have some fun plans with those you love. 🙂