Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! We had our corned beef and cabbage over the weekend with friends, but I had to squeeze in a new soda bread recipe for the big day. I had such a hard time selecting one… baking it in a skillet won. 🙂 Apparently authentic Irish soda bread doesn’t contain raisins, butter, or eggs… this version contains all of the above AND sugar. Still festive though! (…maybe just a little tastier… my husband says, “No one wants to eat it without all of that stuff!”) 🙂
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Melissa Clark. I substituted whole wheat pastry flour for half of the all purpose flour and omitted the caraway seeds. We cut it into wedges and ate it for breakfast slathered with butter; she recommended eating it with tart apples and aged cheddar cheese which would be a wonderful snack. The outside was crunchy and buttery; the inside moist and sweet. Nice!
Yield: 1 10-inch loaf
- unsalted butter for greasing pan plus 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted, separated
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ¾ cups buttermilk
- 2 eggs, well beaten
- 1 ½ cups raisins or currants
- 1 tablespoon caraway seeds, optional
- good aged cheddar cheese, for serving
- tart apples, cut into slices, for serving
- butter, for serving
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees (on convection). Grease a 10-inch oven-proof skillet and line with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
- In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk, eggs and 2 tablespoons melted butter.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just combined. Do not overmix. Stir in the raisins or currants and caraway seeds, if using.
- Pour batter into skillet. Brush top with remaining butter. Bake until golden and firm to touch, about 45 minutes on convection or up to 1 hour in a standard oven. Cool 10 minutes before slicing and serving with butter, cheddar and/or apples, as desired.
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