Irish Soda Bread…AGAIN…Because it’s Delicious!

I first ran this recipe in 2014 but everywhere I go, people comment on the moistness and light sweetness of this bread, so here it is…in time for ST. PATRICK’S DAY.

This recipe for Soda Bread is more moist than many thanks to the buttermilk.  If you can’t find buttermilk, use regular plain yogurt (NOT Greek).

Irish Soda Bread

4 C flour (I use 1C whole wheat)       ½ C sugar       1 T baking powder

1 t salt               1 t baking soda         1 C. raisins plumped (see note)

 4 T melted butter        1 ½ C buttermilk      1 lg. egg

  1. Preheat oven to 375.  Grease and flour a round pan or cookie sheet.
  2. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, powder and salt.
  3. Pour melted butter into dry ingredients and mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in raisins.
  4. In a separate bowl beat buttermilk, egg and baking soda.  Add to flour mix until blended.
  5. Turn dough onto floured surface, and knead until smooth – about 1 minute.  If dough is sticky, flour your hands as you knead.  Shape dough into two round loaves.  soda bread 1
  6. Place dough in prepared pan. With a sharp knife, make 2 crisscross slits in dough.
  7. Bake for 45-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry.  Let rest for 10 minutes before removing from the pan.
  8. Serve sliced with butter or jam.  Bet you can’t eat just one piece!

soda bread 2

NOTE: Pour boiling water over the raisins and let them stand for 5 minutes to soften.  Drain and pat dry.

 

Signs of Spring. One is a Recipe!

Maybe when you look out your window you still see this:   2014-02-01 03.33.52

Officially spring is only five days away.  And even under all the snow, there are sure signs of spring.

Take the kids outside and have a PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT.  This is where you look for signs of spring and take a picture of them.  Turn over rocks and old garden beds to see sprouted seedlings, bugs and even worms beginning to creep out of the winter soil.  Buds are swelling on trees. In my yard, a sure sign of spring is the rhubarb and asparagus.  These are two perennial vegetables that come up every year and don’t have to be replanted to bear fruit.

Daffodils spotted on 3-11-2015 in my flower bed.

Daffodils spotted on 3-11-2015 in my flower bed.

When you get back indoors from your “finding spring” adventure, why not make some IRISH SODA BREAD AS YOU SHARE THE PHOTOS.   For me, that’s another sure sign of spring!

Irish Soda Bread
4 C flour (I use 1C whole wheat) ½ C sugar 1 T baking powder
1 t salt 1 t baking soda 1 C. raisins plumped (see note)
4 T melted butter 1 ½ C buttermilk 1 lg. egg
1. Preheat oven to 375. Grease and flour a round pan or cookie sheet.
2. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, powder and salt.
3. Pour melted butter into dry ingredients and mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in raisins.
4. In a separate bowl beat buttermilk, egg and baking soda. Add to flour mix until blended.
5. Turn dough onto floured surface, and knead until smooth – about 1 minute. If dough is sticky, flour your hands as you knead. Shape dough into two round loaves.
6. Place dough in prepared pan. With a sharp knife, make 2 crisscross slits in dough.
7. Bake for 45-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry. Let rest for 10 minutes before removing from the pan.
8. Serve sliced with butter or jam. Bet you can’t eat just one piece!
NOTE: Pour boiling water over the raisins and let them stand for 5 minutes to soften. Drain and pat dry.            soda bread 2

What are your favorite signs of spring!?