Confessions: Irish Soda Bread
My take on the traditional
Good Morning Ladies and Gents,
St.Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and here in Confessions house we are going full steam ahead. We’ve been rainbowing, yes that’s a verb now, everything in sight and setting traps for our Leprechaun all week. Seriously ALL WEEK long….This is the most I have ever celebrated St. Patrick’s Day outside of green beer and bagels. Seriously how do people really celebrate this holiday? Whelp, my husband is half Irish, which makes my son a quarter Irish, which basically means we’re now going hard in the St. Patrick’s Day paint…Confessions style.
Let me just say that the Confessions test kitchen, aka my real kitchen, has seen far too much soda bread as of lately but this one has been my favorite. You’re welcome in advance… seriously I put some homemade honey butter on it and the world stops. Plus the boys dig it so double win.
Let’s jump in….
Confessions: Irish Soda Bread has a golden, crunchy, sweet crust with a moist, buttermilk interior, and raisins dotted throughout. This easy quick bread recipe mixes up in minutes and has gluten free adaptations included!
What you need:
- 4 cups all purpose flour or gluten free flour, (my preferred gluten free flour is Cup 4 Cup brand)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
- 1 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup rasins
What you do:
Heat oven to 350º. Grease a cast iron skillet or 9″ cake pan with butter.
Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center.
In a small bowl whisk together butter, buttermilk, and egg.
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry, pouring it into the well and stir to form a soft dough. Add the raisins and mix until no flour pockets remain.
Shape dough into a ball (TIP: use lightly wet fingers if dough is sticky) and transfer to the prepared pan. Use a sharp knife to make an “X” on top of the the ball.
Bake until set, about 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes. Insert a knife or toothpick in the middle to make sure it’s set in the middle. Baking times can be longer, depend on the size of pan you bake it in and if using gluten free flour, which takes longer.
Boom Done! Let me know how this works out for you!