‘Organic Go Bragh’
Try this delectable Irish Soda Bread recipe for St. Patrick’s Day – or anytime!
This lucky recipe is perfect at any time of year, but we especially love making it for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a honey-kissed version of Irish Soda Bread that we simply can’t resist.
Fun fact about Irish soda bread: Although it might seem like an age-old recipe, Irish soda bread has only been around since the 1830s. (OK, a couple hundred years is quite a while!) It became popular when baking soda (or bi-carbonate soda) was first introduced in Ireland.
But … even before that, those recognized as the first to use soda to leaven their bread were American Indians. They are documented as using pearl ash – a natural form of soda created from the ashes of wood – to leaven their breads without the presence of yeast.
So, now that the history lesson is over, let’s make some deliciously sweet AUNT SUE’S® Irish Soda Bread! Here’s how:
- 1/4 cup AUNT SUE’S® Raw & Unfiltered Organic Honey
- 2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup margarine or shortening
- 1/2 cup raisins
- Mix together flour, cinnamon and baking soda in large bowl; cut in margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Stir in raisins.
- Add buttermilk, egg and AUNT SUE’S® Organic Raw & Unfiltered honey to flour mixture; stir to make soft dough.
- Turn out onto lightly floured surface to knead 1 to 2 minutes, or until smooth.
- If dough seems too dry, add a little more buttermilk. If it seems too sticky, add a little more flour.
- Shape into flattened round ball and place on greased cookie sheet.
- Brush top with additional milk and cut an “X” in the top with a sharp knife.
- Bake at 375 F for 40 minutes or until golden brown and crusty.
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