Irish Soda Bread — Not Just For St. Patrick’s DayPosted: March 15, 2014
This a healthier version of the traditional Irish soda bread.
Never was one to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day however, every single year around this time, soda bread is mentioned and I have never tasted it! Being a serious bread connoisseur, well, that’s just not right.
(Why is it called soda bread? Because this bread uses baking soda and not yeast as a leavening agent. Check here for more.)
I visited the 14th street farmer’s market earlier today looking for some freshly picked local kale which I didn’t find. I came across numerous bread bakers who all had their own version of Irish soda bread ready for the upcoming holiday.
One such baker, an all organic baker, had some really tempting goodies, let me tell you. I zeroed in on their zucchini tarts but when the vendor told me I could purchase just a slice of the organic Irish soda bread, I opted in.
It was delicious with just a hint of buttery flavor. The bread resembles a scone and the recipe is very similar. It requires much less butter which is just fine with me these days.
Here’s my recipe for Irish Soda Bread
(adapted from Ina Garten’s Irish Soda Bread)
1 ½ C organic white flour
1 C whole wheat flour
½ C rolled oats, ground into flour
3 T organic sugar
3/4 t baking soda
1 t kosher salt
3 T cold butter
½ C organic milk
1 C plain, low-fat yogurt
½ t lemon or orange zest
½ C organic raisins or currants
Process: combine all dry ingredients; add a sprinkle of flour to the raisin before adding to dry mixture to keep them separated; combine all the wet ingredients and zest in a separate bowl and mix well; add the wet to the dry; roll out onto a floured surface and mix with hands until no longer sticky adding flour as needed; place onto a parchment lined baking sheet; cut the top cross-wise and bake in a 375 F degree oven for 45-50 minutes.