Recipes For My Boys: Irish Soda Bread with Dried Fruit

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Irish Soda Bread with Dried Fruit

It's almost St. Patrick's day and I have been in the mood to cook the part.  You know, Corned Beef and Cabbage,  Irish Stew.....making Shamrock Shakes for my boys.  I've never made Irish Soda Bread before and so glad that I did.  I opted for a non-traditional bread, adapting this recipe from Barefoot Contessa's recipes for Irish Soda Bread.  While it isn't traditional Irish Soda Bread,  which has only flour, soda, salt and buttermilk,  it is great bread!  I didn't have any currants, couldn't find any and my boys ate all the raisins so I used what I had ... dried fruit bits and they made the bread wonderful!   Enjoy!

Irish Soda Bread with Dried Fruit

4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1  1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 large egg, beaten
zest from one large orange
1 cup dried fruit bits, traditionally currants or raisins are used

Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and dried fruit with flat blade of mixer.  Add butter a little at the time until incorporated into flour.  Add egg, buttermilk and orange zest until it is just mixed.  Do not over beat.  The dough is very sticky and wet.  Pour into a greased 9" cast iron skillet, wet hands and form top into a mound.  Or, turn onto a floured surface.  Knead only a time or two so you can shape it into a mound.  Put it on a greased cookie sheet.  
Make a cross on the top.  
Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven 40-50 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and when tapped, it gives a hollow sound.  
Serve warm or toast the next day with butter and/or jam.

Shared on:
EMM Church Super
The Shady Porch


Winnie said...

Very nice-looking bread
I bake lots of challahs (Jewish bread) and I've never tasted soda-bread. I'd like to try as it looks good!

Krista said...

My brother in law has been to Ireland 2x and loves soda bread. I'm sure to pass this on to him b/c he loves to cook too! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper, my dear friend. Have a blessed week and come back next Sunday ~EMM

Debi said...

Thank you Winnie! Please let me know how you like it. I'd love for you to share a recipe, or more, on my facebook page. <3 and hugs Sweetie~

Debi said...

Thank you Sweet Friend! I love your Church Supper and will be back to visit again Sunday. I hope your BIL likes this bread. ;D You have a beautiful and blessed week too, dear!

The Shady Porch said...

It looks delish...kinda reminds me of buttermilk cornbread. I've never had soda bread before, but I want to now! Thanks for sharing at the Rock 'N Share!

Debi said...

Thank you for hosting a great link up! I hope you like it. <3 and hugs!

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