Irish Soda Bread for your Snow Day

17 Mar

I’m generally not really into St. Patrick’s Day, but I am realllllly into Irish Soda Bread.  So if, like me, SPD 2014 nearly passed you by without so much as one green beer, here’s a quick and easy recipe you can make with ingredients you almost certainly already have in your fridge– no trek to an overcrowded grocery store required. BFKef and I loved this bread, especially with egg and cheese piled in between two slices.

photo(2)They say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day… but naturally I went the other way and found an Irish soda bread recipe that honors Hellenic heritage, too. In addition to being quick, easy, and delicious,  this Irish soda bread has a secret Greek ingredient: yogurt! So to all the Greek-Americans with a little bit of Irish in them, this St. Patrick’s Day creation is for you.

I followed this recipe exactly and added raisins. My gluten free/sugar free subs are below.

Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients

  • 4 c flour (I used Cup4Cup gluten free)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 TBS granulated sugar (I used coconut)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 c golden raisins
  • 1.5 c whole milk
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt (FIBBYDY)

Assembly

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon mat.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, sugar, salt and raisins. In another bowl, whisk together milk and yogurt until fully combined. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir using a wooden spoon until you have a shaggy dough.
  3. Lightly flour your counter or a piece of wax paper, press the dough into a loose ball, and lightly knead the dough for a couple of minutes on your work surface. You want the dough to be pliable and not too sticky. Reform the dough into a ball and throw it on your prepared baking sheet. Cut an X into the top of the dough with a sharp knife.
  4. Find a large mixing bowl that is twice the size of your dough ball and is OVEN PROOF  (I used my large Pyrex mixing bowl– you will know it is oven proof because it will say on the bottom) and place it on top of the dough to help keep dough moist and to avoid burning. Bake for 30 minutes with the bowl covering the dough. Remove the bowl and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove the bread from the oven and allow to cool before slicing.

4 Responses to “Irish Soda Bread for your Snow Day”

  1. Charisma March 17, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Mmm that looks delicious! I would love that with cheese!

    • cookingupkefi March 17, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

      Savory cheese + slightly sweet bread= heaven on earth!

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