Irish Soda Bread with Tart Cherries

March 09, 2013


In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, my friend V gave me the idea to whip up some good old Irish soda bread.  To be honest, I’ve never tried it, so why not right?  I was able to put this together in no time at all, this is the kind of bread you can have on your table in about an hour start to finish.  I wasn’t sure what to expect before cutting into it, but I couldn’t wait as the sweet aroma coming from the oven spread through my house.  The 10 minutes of resting time was killing me!  With my first cut I realized it had the density of a biscuit, and as I took my first bite all my dreams came true.  An Irish soda bread is, in my opinion,  a big mouth watering buttermilk biscuit!!!   All I could think about was, damn I wish I were Irish:)))!!!


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Irish Soda Bread with Tart Cherries
  • nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons butter, chilled, cut into cubes
  • 1 cut buttermilk
  • ⅔ cup dried tart cherries
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray an 8 inch cake pan with nonstick spray.
  3. Whisk flour, 4 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. Add butter. Using your fingertips, rub in butter until large chunks are gone.
  4. Make a well in center of flour mixture and add buttermilk. Gradually stir dry ingredients into milk to blend. Mix in cherries.
  5. Using floured hand, shape dough into ball and transfer to prepared pan and flatted slightly. Dough should not touch sides of pan.
  6. Sprinkle dough with remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  7. Bake bread until brown and tester comes out clean, about 35-40 minutes.
  8. Cool bread in pan for 10 minutes.
  9. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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