Hope everyone had a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Other than wearing green, we typically celebrate the holiday by having a festive meal. 🙂
This year, instead of making a new soda bread, I made this Irish version of beer bread. I loved the caraway seeds (which I also love in soda bread) and the flecks of green from the fresh herbs in the dough.
We ate it for dinner with shepherd’s chicken pot pie, roasted asparagus, and green salad. It would also be a perfect accompaniment to a traditional celebratory corned beef and cabbage meal.
The recipe was adapted from 177milkstreet.com. I modified the baking time to bake the loaf in a pullman loaf pan in a convection oven. The bread was delicious with and without salted butter.
Yield: one Pullman loaf or one 9-inch loaf
- 260 g (2 cups) all-purpose flour
- 60 g (1/2 cup) cake flour
- 1 T baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 T caraway seeds, coarsely ground in a spice grinder
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh dill
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
- 1 T honey
- 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) salted butter, melted, divided
- 12 ounce bottle or can Irish lager, such as Harp
- Heat the oven to 375°F with a rack in the middle position. (I used the convection setting.)
- Mist a Pullman loaf pan or a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk both flours, the baking powder, baking soda, caraway, salt and pepper.
- Add the dill and chives, then toss well.
- Drizzle in the honey and 4 tablespoons of melted butter, then add the beer and whisk gently just until evenly moistened; do not over mix. The batter will be thick.
- Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Brush the top with 1 tablespoon of the remaining melted butter.
- Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean, 25 minutes in a Pullman pan on convection, or up to 40 to 45 minutes in a 9-inch pan in a standard oven.
- Remove from the oven and immediately brush the top with the remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter.
- Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack. Turn the loaf right side up and cool to room temperature, about 1 1/2 hours.
Tip: Don’t slice the bread while it’s warm. Like all quick breads, this loaf slices more easily and cleanly at room temperature. Use a serrated knife and a sawing motion.