Irish Soda Bread

Having never been to Ireland but always wanting to go, I decided to make Irish Soda Bread the other day.  Maybe it was the fact that I was on pinterest and everyone was pinning Irish recipes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, maybe not.  But the other day, I was a little stressed out and decided to do what I always do when I’m feeling freaked out and bake.  And since I had seen a recipe for Irish Soda Bread here: http://www.recipedose.com/bread/soda-bread-irish-recipe.html, I decided to bake some.

Irish Soda Bread is a quick bread that uses baking soda and buttermilk to get it’s rise on.  The buttermilk contains lactic acid which reacts with the baking soda to create carbon dioxide.  Those tiny bubbles let the bread rise and make it light and airy.  This bread has currants (instead of raisins) and I’ve already been thinking of different things I could add to suite my style (bacon? roasted garlic? cheese?  hmm…the possibilities are endless).  Maybe it wouldn’t be traditional “Irish Soda Bread” if I made it without the raisins, but hey, I’m Asian.  I do what I want!

Start by sifting the flour, baking soda and sugar.  I was surprised by how little baking soda this recipe needed to produce a good quality bread.

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Add currants (or raisins if you’d like).

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Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients.  Add eggs, buttermilk and melted butter.

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Stir to combine until the dough comes together.  You can knead it a few times on a floured board.

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Form into a circular loaf on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.

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Bake in a 350 degree oven until golden brown and you can tap on the crust lightly.

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Slather with butter and enjoy!  *I almost went to the store to buy Irish butter, but then I thought I was overreacting and just used regular butter…

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Recipe:
3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup currants (or raisins)
1 egg (beaten)
1 cup buttermilk
2 Tablespoons butter (melted)

Sift together the flour, baking soda, and sugar.  Add the currants.  In the middle of the dry ingredients make a well.  Add the egg, buttermilk, and melted butter.  Mix to combine.  Knead for a few turns on a floured board.  Shape into a circular loaf and place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes until golden brown.  Spread with butter and enjoy!

Caroline