Irish Soda Bread

One tradition Rick and I have on St. Patrick’s Day is Corned Beef and Cabbage with Irish Soda Bread.  Here is a delicious recipe for Irish Soda Bread, which can be served plain, or with butter and your favorite jam.

Let’s BAKE!

(this recipe was revised in 2022)

12 tablespoons butter, chilled (174 grams)
1/4 cup rolled oats (24 grams)
2 cups unbleached flour (280 grams)
2-1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (294 grams)
1/2 cup sugar (100 grams)
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup currants (60 grams)
1/2 cup golden raisins (60 grams)
2 cups buttermilk (1 pint or 473 ml)

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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