Happy St. Patrick's Day
What a great day to celebrate your Irish heritage - even if you have to fake it. My favorite ways to honor this wonderful day: green shamrock shaped pancakes, shamrock shakes from McDonalds and green beer. (I really don't like beer any other day but for some reason, if it's tinted green - it's much more appealing.) I also made a few shamrock sugar cookies for the kids to share with their friends at school.
This year, we are celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a little Irish Soda Bread. I've been saving this recipe from bakeatmidnite.com for at least 6 months now. I'm not sure why I felt like I could ONLY make it on St. Patrick's Day but for whatever reason -- I did.
Easy Irish Soda Bread2 cups bread flour
1/2 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or lightly grease. Set aside.
Rinse dried fruit using a strainer under hot water. Place on paper towel to absorb excess water.
In the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Fit with dough hook and mix dry ingredients for about 1 minute.
Add the fruit.
With mixer running, add the buttermilk gradually--using only enough to form a soft dough. Knead for 1 minute.
Turn out the dough on a well-floured surface and shape into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. With a sharp knife, cut an "x" about 1/4-inch deep on loaf. Sprinkle with additional flour if desired.
Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Slice and serve.