irish soda bread

a quick and easy recipe for irish soda bread packed with whiskey soaked raisins to help you celebrate today! it would be perfect with a cup of irish breakfast tea tomorrow morning, after a night of a few too many pints of guinness. the recipe is from this cookbook, a fabulous guide to baking all things bread which i'm sure we'll be posting many more recipes from soon. happy saint patrick's day!

Irish Soda Bread
makes 1 loaf

1 cup raisins
1/2 cup irish whiskey
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 tbs sugar
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
4 tbs unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
3/4 cup plus 1 tbs buttermilk
soak the raisins in whiskey overnight or for at least 30 minutes. drain and set aside. preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. in a large bowl, combine flours, sugar, baking soda and salt. using your fingers, rub in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. stir in the raisins. with a rubber spatula, stir in the buttermilk until just combined. knead lightly until the dough is smooth and fully incorporated. shape the dough into a 6-inch round and place it on a parchment lined baking sheet. make 1/2-inch deep slits to across the top of the round, forming a cross. bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and a wooden skewer comes out clean. cool on a rack completely. this bread can be frozen for up to one month and reheated in the oven at 300 degrees F for 20-30 minutes. enjoy!


Meighan said...

I look forward to my irish soda bread each year!! I may have to change it up and try out this recipe, it looks delicious!

A Day That is Dessert said...

I think I need to make this today!

vivian said...

really really really have to bake this soon!

Amaranthian said...

I'll definitely be making this. I've been coveting that cookbook for a while now. I look forward to being able to try more recipes from it.

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