St. Patrick’s Day: Traditional Irish Soda Bread

St. Patrick’s Day is a really big deal in Scranton.  Scranton’s Parade Day is actually the third largest in the country…imagine that?  And yes, it definitely lives up to the hype.  For our first Scranton parade day, the boys had everyone over for some pre-parade festivities, so I thought that I would finally try my baking skills at some Irish Soda bread.  I ended up actually making two loaves of Irish Soda Bread, one traditional and one with my own personal twists.  They both went over extremely well and I would definitely make them again.  Who knew that Bread wasn’t crazy hard to make?

Adapted from Epicurious.com

 

Ingredients

 

 

Vegetable Oil

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

5 taplespoons sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

3 tablespoon butter, chilled, cut into cubes

1 cup butter milk

2/3 cups raisins

Directions

1)  Preheat oven to 375°F.

2) Line baking sheet with parchment paper

3) Whisk flour, 4 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in large bowl to blend.

4) Add butter and using fingertips, rub in until coarse meal forms.

5) Make well in center of flour mixture and add buttermilk.

6) Gradually stir dry ingredients into milk to blend and fold in raisins.

7) Using floured hands, shape dough into ball and transfer to prepared pan and flatten slightly (dough will not come to edges of pan).

8) Sprinkle dough with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.

9) Bake bread until brown and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.

10) Cool bread for about 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. (SERVE WARM! )

11) Share and Enjoy!

Delicious.  Don’t save it for the next St. Patrick’s Day…

 

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