Friday, March 13, 2015

Cooking and Entertaining: Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread with a pat of butter

Even though I’m not Irish, I like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Every year, I usually cook either Irish stew or corned beef, either one accompanied by Irish soda bread.

This soda bread recipe by Ina Garten is one I have made for years; it’s easy to prepare and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients.  Also, it has one of her “signature” ingredients, grated orange zest.  Ina adds orange zest to many of her desserts, and it adds a touch of unexpected freshness.  Served with a pat of Irish butter, this soda bread is an easy way to start a family tradition.

the ingredients

toss the currants with flour so they won't sink to the bottom of the bread

mix until the butter is in pea sized bits

add the beaten egg and orange zest to the buttermilk

slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients

finally, add the currants

ready for the oven

my bread was a bit misshapen, but was still wonderful!

Click here to see Ina Garten’s recipe

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