Irish Soda Bread

From all of us at Mission Restaurant Supply, we'd like to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day. Being an Irish holiday, we've decided to share one of the ultimate Irish foods: Soda Bread. There are many variations to this dish and this particular version contains raisins and a few additional baking essentials {1 egg, sugar, and a smidge of butter} that are often left out in other soda bread recipes. I think the addition will make it that much more flavorful. Best yet, this recipe is easy, straight forward, and  we've got all the cooking supplies you'll need to make it right here at Mission Restaurant Supply!

Irish Soda Bread

Prep time: 15 minutes                   Cook Time: 40 minutes Makes 1 loaf INGREDIENTS: 4-4 ½ cups flour 2 Tbsp sugar 1 teaspoon salt 4 Tbsp butter 1 cup raisins 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 ¾ cups buttermilk WHAT YOU NEED: Mixing Bowl Wire Whisk Pastry Cutter Mixing Spoon Cast Iron Skillet or Baking Sheet Knife WHAT YOU DO:
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Whisk together 4 cups of flour, the sugar, salt, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Using a pastry cutter, work the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal, and then add the raisins.
  3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add beaten egg and buttermilk to well and mix in with a wooden spoon until dough is stiff. Knead dough in bowl- just long enough to form a rough ball.
  4. Transfer dough to lightly floured surface and shape into a round loaf. {Dough should be moist.}
  5. Transfer dough to a large, lightly greased cast-iron skillet or a baking sheet. With a serrated knife score the top of the dough about an inch to an inch and a half deep in an "X" shape so that heat can seep through the dough while cooking. Cook in the oven for 35-45 minutes until the top is golden brown. {Verify doneness by inserting a skewer and making sure it comes out clean.}
  6.  Let bread cool for 5-10 minutes and serve!
Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Simply Recipes.

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