Irish Soda Bread – photo tutorial

Irish Soda Bread is a treat any time of the year, and it’s easy to make.  You can serve it plain, or with butter and your favorite jam.


Let’s BAKE!

8 tablespoons butter, chilled
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 cups unbleached flour
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup currants
1/2 cup golden raisins
2 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grate butter; place in freezer.  Pulse rolled oats in food processor 10 times until slightly ground.

In a large bowl, combine slightly ground rolled oats, and remaining dry ingredients (through salt); mix well.  Mix frozen butter into dry ingredients.  Stir in currants and raisins.  Add buttermilk; mix until a dough is formed.

Place dough on parchment-lined baking sheet.  Pat into a 1″ to 1-1/2″ thick circle.  Cut an “X” on top of the dough with a sharp knife.  Bake 45-50 minutes (190-195 degrees F. with an instant read thermometer).

Let cool completely.  Cut into 16 wedges.


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