From Kayla: Irish Soda Bread is a delicious Irish staple, and it is so easy to make! ? It’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day because it’s not your typical green recipe, but it is a very quick, fun recipe that you can make right now, plus it is rustic, hearty, and relatively healthy. This recipe can be personalized by using different fruits and flavorings, too. I used orange zest and raisins, but you can try any kind of citrus or extract in addition to any dried fruit, including cherries, cranberries, or currants. The fruit adds flavor and texture to the crumbly bread.
Originally, Irish Soda Bread only contained flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt. I wanted a sweeter, richer bread that could be eaten for breakfast, snack, or dessert, so I added sugar, dried fruit, orange zest, an egg, and some butter. The trick to getting the right texture is to (1) handle the dough minimally, and (2) keep everything cold. Kneading the dough develops the protein (gluten) in the flour, which leads to toughness. Also, use lukewarm butter so that no steam is released when baking and you create a more dense bread. I used a stand mixer, but a food processor could work as well. As soon as everything was incorporated and just cohesive, I flipped the dough onto the cookie tray and patted it into a ball instead of kneading and rolling it. It may not be as pretty, but this is supposed to be a rustic bread!
Irish Soda Bread,? Makes 1 Loaf,? Recipe Adapted from Ina Garten
2 Cups Flour
2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1/3 Cup Sugar
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
1/2 Stick Butter, Chilled & Cubed
1 3/4 Cups Buttermilk
1 tsp Orange Zest or Other Flavoring
1 Cup Dried Fruit
Heat oven to 375F. Line a cookie tray with parchment paper (sold next to waxed paper at the grocery store).
Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the butter and mix until just incorporated. Combine the buttermilk, egg, and flavoring. Slowly add to the flour mixture and fold in the dried fruit.
Gently form the dough into a round shape and transfer to the prepared sheet. Cut an “x” in the top and bake for 45 minutes or until cooked through.
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