Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick's Day

irish soda breadIrish Soda Bread sometimes gets a bad rap for being dense and heavy, but if you make it correctly, it can be hearty, rustic, and wonderfully delicious. Plus, it just would be St. Patrick's Day without this traditional food. This version has whiskey-soaked raisins for an added bonus.


Irish Soda Bread via Pictures and Pancakes

  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup Irish whiskey
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 4 tbs unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tbs buttermilk

Soak raisins in whiskey -- anywhere from 30 minutes to 12 hours. Drain and set aside.

Combine flours, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Add butter, using your fingers to incorporate into the mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the raisins. Stir in the buttermilk until just combined.

Knead lightly until the dough is smooth and all ingredients are incorporated. Shape the dough into a 6-inch round and place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Make 1/2-inch deep slits across the top of the round, forming a cross.

Bake for 30 minutes at 375 until it turns golden brown and a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool.


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