Saturday, March 17, 2012

Irish Soda Bread


The BEST Irish Soda Bread
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

Two years ago today we celebrated with Ashley MacIsaac in Whistler B.C., last year we went to a local Irish pub for traditional beer and Irish food and this year we decided to stay in and have a home cooked meal.  I’m making corned beef served with homemade sides consisting of: marbled rye, crisp red cabbage slaw, sauerkraut (yes homemade sauerkraut…we’ll see how it goes), and Irish Cream chocolate cake.  I will definitely be taking pictures and posting about the meal if it all goes according to plan. I’m especially excited about the marbled rye bread. I’ve been prepping my sourdough starter all week just in case I want to make a sour rye loaf.

I decided that my recipe for Irish Soda bread would be perfect to share with you today. It’s an easy no fuss recipe that comes together in minutes, gets popped into the oven for an hour and voila! You have a gorgeous warm, slightly sweet yet nutty and savory loaf of deliciousness. I’ve fine tuned this recipe and attempted to make it vegan but I didn’t like it as much. The eggs and the Greek yogurt give this loaf a certain je ne sais quoi!

I baked the loaf pictured yesterday morning and we ate half of it while watching Extreme Couponing. Honestly one of the best things about working 50-60 hours a week (besides the money) is being able to TOTALLY veg out on the weekend with absolutely no guilt!

Warm, moist Irish Soda Bread

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Irish Soda Bread
Irish Soda Bread
By Kaitlyn McFadden

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 cups AP flour
  • 1 cup of whole wheat AP flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups raisins
  • 1 1/4 cups soy milk 
  • 1 tbsp of vinegar (I use apple cider vinegar)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup non fat greek yogurt
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9 inch cake pan. 
  2. Measure out the 1 1/4 cups soy milk into a small bowl or largeish measuring cup and stir in the vinegar. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, flours, baking powder, baking soda and raisins. Form a well in the center of the dry mixture.
  4. In a medium sized bowl add the eggs, yogurt, and soy milk mixture, whisk together. Pour into the well of the dry ingredients. And stir together.
  5. Mix until all the dry flour has been absorbed. The 'dough' is more like really thick batter and will be very sticky.
  6. Plop...yes plop that dough into the prepared pan and pat down and shape it as best as you can into a roundish shape. I find that a silicone spatula works best. You can slice the signature cross into the top of the loaf with a sharp knife but my batter is always too sticky for that to work.
  7. Place in the center of the oven and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 5 minutes. 
  8. Let rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving with butter and preserves.