I am officially done with winter quarter at Drexel! Spring break here I come.
Irish soda bread is traditionally made leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, but I think it is delicious any time of the year! There are debates about what should be in a “traditional”
Although I was spending most of my time studying for finals on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, my friends and I baked
My friends and I finished the loaf in one night! Be warned.
Anyway, here is the recipe… it doesn’t have to be St. Patrick’s Day for you to enjoy it either!
Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread
- 2 cups white whole wheat or whole wheat flour
- 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed into small pieces
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup raisins (optional: let soak for 10 minutes before using in 2 tablespoons bourbon)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 inch circular pan, or an 8 inch cast iron skillet with butter or oil.
- Mix the flour, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
- Add the cubed butter to the flour mixture and massage with your hands into the flour until the largest pieces of butter are the size of peas.
- Add the raisins to the flour mixture and mix to coat the raisins- this allows an even suspension of raisins throughout the bread
- Add the buttermilk and mix until no flour streaks can be seen.
- Transfer the dough to the prepared pan and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown and hollow sounding when tapped
My plans for spring break include visiting my sister in Burbank, California (right outside LA). She currently works for Disney Imagineering, so I am spending the long weekend with her. We are starting the weekend with a sushi dinner and I am super excited to spend time together. Its been a little over two months apart, which is the longest we have ever gone not seeing each other. I think I am also going to make some other pit stops with friends… more about that will be in the upcoming posts so be on the look out.