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.
Irish Soda Bread
2 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.
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.
This is BY FAR the easiest bread recipe that I've ever made. I had the dough mixed up and into the oven within 10 minutes! There is no yeast which means that it doesn't have to proof before the baking process. It goes right into the oven and viola - delicious Irish Soda Bread. There's still time to make a loaf of Irish Soda Bread for your St. Patrick's Day dinner. (It takes less than an hour - start to finish.) I'm pretty sure that this is going to be mighty tasty with green beer too.
I also enjoyed a toasted slice of this bread for breakfast this morning with my cup of tea. It makes really yummy toast too!
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