Bread… just MMMmmMmM. Easy bread, even better!
It’s St. Patrick’s day and I am making the standard Corned Beef Brisket, Cabbage, Carrots and Potatoes for dinner. I thought I would made a soda bread to go with the meal. Although not a traditional Irish Soda bread because well, I ran out of currants last week. Totally forgot about them when I went shopping this week. Not to worry, the meal will still be fantastic regardless.
Let’s make some bread!
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with a silpat or parchment paper.
- Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. You can do this without the mixer as well. It just depends on how dirty your willing to get. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour.
- In a measuring cup, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Do not over-mix. Just mix enough to incorporate, about 40 seconds. Please note… It will be very wet.
- Scoop out the dough onto a well-floured board (1/4 cup or so) and knead it a few times into a round loaf. Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan and lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
- Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm with butter . Tastes great toasted and also at room temperature.