Irish Soda Bread

I’m not Irish, but I love bread.  Actually I just plain love carbs, especially the Beelzebub of the food world white carbs.  White bread, white potatoes, pasta.  Surprisingly not white rice, I prefer brown.

I am attempting to incorporate more whole wheat into my diet.  But I don’t like whole wheat pasta.  It is just not right.  And whole wheat bread can sometimes be dense, dry and flavorless.  So I am making a personal compromise.  Like with this recipe.  Instead of using all white flour, I substituted half for whole wheat flour.

Also I have given up alcohol for lent.  I didn’t realize how many opportunities I have to drink.  At home with dinner, or dinner out with friends.  Happy hour with coworkers.  Celebrating good news or toasting to lost loved ones.  I say all this to maybe explain why I chose to plump the raisins for the bread in Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey and water, as opposed to just water.

I really like this recipe.  It is from my coworker Molly.  And it is super tasty with salted butter.  Yummy!  Butter is something I will never give up or substitute.

Irish Soda Bread
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  • 3 ½ cup flour (I used ½ white flour, ½ whole wheat flour sifted)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12 oz raisins (plumped, I used a water/whiskey mixture)
  • 1 ½ cup buttermilk
  • Slightly less than 1 stick butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Drain liquid from raisins and add to flour mixture. Stir until coated.
  4. Add butter melted.
  5. Add buttermilk.
  6. Place on wax paper.
  7. Knead dough, adding flour, till dough does not stick to your hand.
  8. Place dough into 9 in frying pan
  9. Bake for 45 minutes till golden brown. (Check at 40 minutes .)
  10. When done, flip it out and let it sit.


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