Happy St. Patrick's Day!
This is a holiday where everyone claims to have a little “green” in their blood; whether having true ancestry from the Emerald Isle or just through osmosis by wearing green garb from head to toe. It's all in fun and either way, I raise my pint to you.
As the holiday falls on Sunday this year, I must forego the traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage, keeping true to another heritage of Italian decent with pasta and homemade sauce.
Yet the stubborn Irish in me called for something to be made on this special day- the name Kelly kind of requires it, don't you think?!
I decided to break out the Irish Soda Bread recipe- perfect with morning coffee or afternoon tea.
The secret is the orange zest; when baking it smells so wonderful! The extra secret is to combine currants and raisins, giving a nice texture to the bread. If you don't have currants on hand it is totally fine to use all raisins!
Irish Soda Bread
4 cups flour
4 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
4 Tbsp. cold butter, diced
1 ¾ cup buttermilk
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tsp. orange zest
½ cup raisins
½ cup currants
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In mixing bowl with paddle attachment, combine flour, sugar, baking soda & salt. Add diced butter and mix on low until butter is incorporated.
In a separate bowl, beat egg, buttermilk and orange zest and mix together. Pour into flour mixture. Add raisins and currants. Mix until all come together in a dough ball.
Dump dough onto floured surface and knead 4-5 times until dough comes together and can be shaped into a mound. Place dough onto a tray lined with parchment paper. Cut a shallow ‘X’ on top of dough with a knife. Bake 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick tests clean. Bread will sound hollow when tapped.
Cool on rack.
Serve warm with butter or jam or both!
Here is a printable recipe for you!
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 259Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 502mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 6g
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