St. Patrick’s Day is one of our favorite holidays around here. I usually buy Irish soda bread from a great local bakery, but this year I decided to try making it. This recipe is super easy and uses Greek yogurt in place of some of the buttermilk. Greek yogurt and Irish soda bread….who would have guessed that particular culture combo could be so yummy!
Irish Soda Bread
4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
4 Tbs. cold butter, diced
1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup raisins tossed in a pinch or two of flour
1. Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone liner.
2. In the bowl of a large mixer, mix flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt until combined. Add diced butter and mix until small crumbs form.
3. In a separate bowl, mix egg, yogurt and buttermilk. Add to dry ingredients in mixer. Do not over mix. Toss raisins with a pinch or two of flour and add to dough, mixing until raisins are distributed.
4. Turn dough onto a well-floured surface and gently kneed a couple times, and form into a rounded mound. Transfer to the baking sheet and slit the top of the loaf with a knife. Bake 50 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
Extra yummy with butter and honey … then again, what’s not?