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Irish Soda Bread

I’ve already posted a recipe for Guinness cupcakes, which is about the most appropriate St. Patrick’s Day recipe of all time. But this one comes in a close second. Soda bread is a nice, thick, almost biscuit-like bread that’s traditionally stuffed with currants and orange zest to make a slightly sweet loaf that goes really well with a hunk of butter. As it turns out, I’m not really super into this kind of soda bread, so I took Ina Garten’s recipe and modified it to be a little less sweet and a little more flavorful. Hello, it’s me, and I’m #onbrand.

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

By , March 15, 2019

Close-textured, sweet, and perfect for butter, this soda bread adds fennel and pepitas for a savory take on the traditional classic.

Makes: 1 loaf

Irish Soda Bread

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Ingredients:
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3 TBSP of sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1 3/4 cups of buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 2 TBSP of fennel seeds
  • 1/4 cup of chives, roughly chopped

Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a stand mixer or in a bowl and using your hands (almost easier, TBH), combine the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Mix to combine, then beat in the butter one tablespoon at a time until completely incorporated.
  3. Whisk the egg into the buttermilk, then slowly add to the flour mixture. Mix until dough comes together.
  4. Add pumpkin seeds, fennel seeds, and chives, and stir to just combine.
  5. Turn dough out onto baking sheet. Shape into a circle and then cut an X into the top of the bread. Don't ask why we do this, just do it. Bake for 55-65 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Slather with butter and consume in the name of lining your stomach.

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