Saint Patrick’s day is one of my favorite holidays. I love the fact I can celebrate being Irish! My family’s tradition on St. Patrick’s day is corn beef and cabbage. I absolutely go crazy for this meal, especially the cabbage I just LOVE it. Last year my mom and I stopped at a local bakery right before the big day for lunch and the place was selling Irish soda bread. I had never tried it before, and thought why not, lets get some. Best decision ever!! It is such good bread that will go perfectly with my corn beef and cabbage.
I found a recipe from Ina Garten (one of the my cooking idols) and plan to use it this weekend.
Found on foodnetwork.com
Irish soda bread
4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for currants
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken
1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 cup dried currants
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 2. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
3. Mix the flour , sugar, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour.
4. With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together.
5. Slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Combine the currants with 1 tablespoon of flour and mix into the dough. It will be very wet.
6.Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf. Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan and lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife.
7.Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. When you tap the loaf, it will have a hollow sound.
Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room temperature and enjoy!!
Per slice (15): Calories: 205; Total Fat: 4 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Protein: 5 grams; Total carbohydrates: 37 grams; Sugar: 11 grams; Fiber: 2 grams; Cholesterol: 23 milligrams; Sodium: 312 milligrams