MARCH 25, 2013 | 12:00 AM BY CHEF HANNY


IRISH SODA BREAD 


I had some for Saint Patrick’s Day and began wondering why you only see this delicious bread on the 17th of March?


Anyway there is no reason why you can’t have it all the time so here goes.


 


INGREDIENTS:



  • 1 Cup of whole wheat flour

  • 1 Cup of quick cooking oats

  • ¼ Cup of sugar

  • ¼ Cup of unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

  • 1 Tsp. of baking soda

  • 1 Tsp. of kosher salt

  • 1 ¾ Cups of whisked buttermilk

  • 1 egg, whisked

  • 1 Tsp. grated orange zest

  • 1 Cup of prunes, chopped

 


METHODE:



  1. Preheat oven to 180 c. Line a baking sheet pan with parchment paper or you can bake in a loaf pan as well.

  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, oats, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Using the paddle attachment of your mixer, mix the ingredients together at low speed.  Gradually add the butter, eggs, orange rind, buttermilk, and prunes in that order. Beat in the mixer until all the ingredients are well combined. This procedure is also ok if done by hand on a workingsurface.

  3. Once the ingredients are well combined in the mixture, bring the dough into a floured surface and knead for a few minutes until it forms a smooth dough. While kneading shape it into a round loaf and place on the prepared sheet or loaf pan. Cut lengthwise making a very small depression on the center of the bread with the help of a knife. This helps in the inside of the bread getting baked evenly.

  4. Place the loaf in the preheated oven and bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick when inserted comes out clean.

  5. Cool and slice to serve. Great with just plain butter and marmalade.