Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Irish Soda Bread with Caraway Seeds and Golden Raisins

I smiled this morning as I took my Irish soda bread out of the oven, knowing tomorrow is St. Paddy's Day. I miss my mother who taught me to enjoy the holiday from the moment I awoke by pinching me if I did not have green on and dancing the Irish jig around the house. I am grateful to be Irish! 

This buttered top bread has a sweet mouthwatering taste that makes you want to eat it right away. I have heard the Irish folks in my family say the Irish proverb,"Half a loaf of bread is better than no bread at all." My recipe uses greek yogurt, but you can also substitute the yogurt and milk for buttermilk.

Irish Soda Bread with Caraway Seeds and Golden Raisins

5 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes, room temperature
2 1/2 cups golden raisins
3 tablespoons caraway seeds
2 cups plain greek yogurt
½ cup milk
1 large egg

Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously butter a heavy ovenproof 10 to 12 inch skillet. Whisk first five ingredients in a large bowl to blend. Add butter; using fingertips, rub in until coarse crumbs form. Stir in golden raisins and caraway seeds. Whisk together greek yogurt, milk and egg in medium bowl until blended. Add to dough; using wooden spoon, stir just until well incorporated (dough will be very sticky). Transfer dough to prepared skillet; smooth top, mounding slightly in center. Using a sharp knife dipped into flour, cut a 1-inch-deep X in the top center of the dough. Bake until bread is cooked through and wooden skewer inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Cool the bread in the skillet for 10 minutes. Butter tops and cover with a clean linen towel. Turn out onto rack and cool completely. Can be made 1 day ahead. Wrap tightly in foil; store at room temperature.

1 comment:

  1. I ate this very loaf. For years the empty nester has been making Irish Soda Bread. This particular one is her best ever! I loved it, plus I love the corned beef and steamed vegetables that went with it. The slices of Granny Smith apples with the mixture of cream cheese and dates as topping were a final tasty treat to the meal. Erin Go Bragh!