Saturday, March 17, 2012

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Recipe of the Week
There is no reason I only make this once a year. It's delicious at dinner as well as breakfast, and super easy to make!

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 teaspoon soda
1 tsp. salt
1/3 sugar
3 T unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 cups buttermilk
1 egg, lightly beaten
2/3 cup raisins
1 tsp. caraway seeds
1 T. finely grated orange rind
1 teaspoon melted butter
1 T sugar
1/4 t cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a cast iron pan about 8-9 inches.In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, powder, soda, sugar, salt orange and caraway. Add the butter pieces and mix in the butter until it is incorporated and in tiny pieces. Add the buttermilk and egg , combine well. Put dough onto the table and knead til smooth. Form the dough into a ball and place in the cast iron pan. With a sharp knife cut a criss cross in the top and brush with 1 Teaspoon melted butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Bake for about 35 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes on a baking rack. Serve warm or toasted with butter or jam if desired.