With it being St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, I’m doing an earlier post than normal (Monday instead of Wednesday), so that I can share an Irish food my family enjoys. This is a soda bread, meaning baking soda, that we serve along with our dinner of mashed potatoes and peas or broccoli (going with the green theme), a green salad and usually chicken with gravy(here’s a good homemade, vegan cream of chicken gravy) or chicken fingers. If we have any leftover bread from dinner, it’s great warmed and served with a little butter and jam on top for breakfast. This is a recipe I got at a church activity and have altered slightly, changing white flour for wheat and spelt, and sugar for honey. Here are your ingredients: Wheat and spelt flour (can sub white for spelt if you don’t have spelt), baking soda, honey, egg, butter, plain yogurt or buttermilk, and raisins.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. If you have a pizza stone, you’ll preheat that as well. If you don’t have a pizza stone, you can use a cookie sheet lined with parchment or greased. Combine your flour and baking soda with your raisins in a large mixing bowl. Create a well in the middle and add the remaining ingredients: butter, egg, yogurt and honey.
Stir to combine. I use a big wooden spoon but you could also use a fork or another large spoon. Lay the dough out on a lightly floured board and knead a few times and then pat it together into a circle. It’ll be about 10 inches in diameter.
Put the bread onto your prepared baking sheet or pizza stone.
My pizza stone can fit two of these round loaves, so I like to double the recipe and make two at a time, since our family of 7 can go through one of these pretty quick.
You’ll cook these for about 25-35 minutes(closer to 25 if using a preheated pizza stone), until lightly browned on top and when you knock on it, it’ll have a hollow sound.
Here it is with our festive Irish dinner.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy!
Irish Soda Bread
*makes one loaf
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 1/2 c spelt flour (or white flour is okay if you don’t have spelt)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 c raisins
2 Tbsp honey
1 egg, beaten
1 c buttermilk or plain yogurt
2 Tbsp melted butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour and baking soda. Toss in raisins. Make a well and add buttermilk, egg, honey and butter and stir to combine. Turn out on floured surface, and pat into a circle. Cook on pizza stone or on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.