Happy St. PAtrick's Day

Looking for something to do on this snowy St. Patrick’s Day? An easy recipe to make for St. Patrick's Day is Irish Soda Bread. If you've never had it before, it's not a bread in the way you might typically think of bread. The texture and consistency is similar to that of a scone. Irish Soda Bread started out with very basic ingredients which poorer households in Ireland had access to. Before cooking, a cross was carved into the top of the dough, believed to ward off the devil and protect the household where it was made. This Irish Soda Bread recipe also has many steps that kids can help with. Delicious with butter and / or jam. Try it and enjoy!

 

Irish Soda Bread recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes                 Bake time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 loaf

 

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1/3 cup of sugar + 1/2 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup of butter milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter (for brushing on top)
  • 1/2 cup of raisins (optional)

Directions

 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, 1/3 cup of sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and softened butter. Mix in the buttermilk and egg until dough starts to form, then fold in raisins. If dough is still crumbly, add a splash of buttermilk until it comes together. 
  3. Knead dough on a floured surface. Form into a round loaf. 
  4. Brush the top of the loaf with 1/4 cup of melted butter then sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon of sugar on top. 
  5. Cut an X into the top of the loaf using a sharp knife.
  6. Bake for 1 hour. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center and checking to see that it comes out clean. If the loaf is too thick, the center might take longer to bake. Simply place some foil over the top of the loaf and continue baking until done. 

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