03/15/2013

Irish Soda Bread

 

With the last name of Mullins, you know there’s more than a little Irish tradition around here.  We do celebrate the day, especially since it’s the Big Irishman’s birthday – how crazy, right.?  Anyway, to start off the weekend, I treated my boys to a warm loaf of Irish Soda Bread.  It’s so easy to make and truth be told, the Irishman likes it better than cornbread (oh my goodness!) when eating chili or soup.  Whether Irish or not, I hope you and yours will celebrate the weekend and have fun with family and friends…
 A Southern Soul Irish Soda Bread
Irish Soda Bread
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken
1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
1teaspoon grated orange zest 
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted
    with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the
    butter is mixed into the flour.
  • With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together in a measuring
    cup. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture.
  • Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf.
    Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan and lightly cut an X into the top of
    the bread with a serrated knife. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake
    tester comes out clean. When you tap the loaf, it will have a hollow sound.
  • Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
A Southern Soul Irish Soda Bread
May your troubles be less
And your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door.
The book of Irish Blessings, 1806
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  1. Stopping by from In and Out of the Kitchen~ My sister married a Mullins and her father-in-law owned a well known Tavern in my area:) We had alot of fun celebrating St. Patty's Day there! now folowing on GFC Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  2. Thanks for the comment and for joining! It is fun celebrating St Pats day especially since it's my husbands birthday!

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