I think traditionally soda breads are made with raisins but I made mine without. The recipe comes directly from Rufus’ Food and Spirit Guide, a fine cooking blog if there ever was one. I made this for St. Patrick’s Day, and we surely enjoyed it.
This makes 2 loaves, so freeze one for another occasion.
- 4 c unbleached flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp grated orange zest
- 1 tsp caraway seed
- 1 stick of butter
- 1/4 c honey
- 1 1/2 c buttermilk (or use milk with 1 tbsp vinegar, stir and let sit for 15 minutes)
- 1 egg, beaten with 1/2 c milk
- 1 c dried currents (optional)
- Put baking soda, baking powder, and flour together, stir a bit and then sift together.
- Add salt, zest, and caraway seeds and mix.
- Dice up the butter and cut it into the flour until you have a crumbly mix.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and honey. (add the currents if using)
- Slowly add to the flour, stirring it in with a fork until it comes together enough to make a dough. You may not need all the milk.
- Knead a few times to bring it into a tight mass. Divide dough in half and place on greased baking sheet.
- Cut an X in the top of each with a sharp knife.
- Brush with milk/egg mixture.
- Let sit for 10 minutes
- Bake in a preheated 350° oven for about 30 minutes or until it thumps with tapped.
SERVES: 2 loaves
NOTES: This makes a very nice breakfast bread I find. The sweetness of the bread compliments some good butter and perhaps some marmalade!
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