St Patrick’s Day: Irish Soda Bread

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.

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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.

2015-03-16 09.03.30Stir 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.

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Put the bread onto your prepared baking sheet or pizza stone.

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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.

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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.

2015-03-16 09.42.29You can cut these into wedges,

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or slices.
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Here it is with our festive Irish dinner.

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And then again for breakfast the following morning :). 2015-03-16 09.55.15

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy!

THE RECIPE:

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.

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