While cleaning up a box from mom and dad's house (yes, I still have boxes from that long ago to sift through...) I came across a handwritten recipe for Irish Soda Bread in my grandmother's handwriting. I read the recipe and thought, "Today is a perfect day to make some bread." So off to the store I went to pick up the few ingredients that I required. This is an easy bread to make. It is not a 'sweet' bread, but it is a very good bread for breakfast with a touch of marmalade. It is also good in the evening with a little butter and a cup of hot tea.
Ingredients-3 ¾ cups of whole wheat flour (plus 1 Tbsp. for currants)
1 tsp. baking soda
4 Tbsp. sugar (I used Splenda)
½ stick unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch cubes
1 cup of currants
2 cups of fat free cultured buttermilk
1 large egg
1 Tbsp. orange zest
1 tsp. Kosher salt
What to do-
Preheat the oven to 375 and prepare a baking sheet (lightly grease or as I did use silicon baking mat)
Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and (sweetener) in a bowl. Add in the cubed butter and blend well with a pastry cutter. (Or do as I did and use the Kitchen Aid with the paddle!)
In a small bowl mix the Tbsp. of flour with the currants, and then add to the dough, stirring well.
Drop the mixture onto a floured surface and knead slightly into a ball, adding a little flour here and there as you deem necessary. It is a sticky mess, but well worth it.
Bake for 50 minutes, then place on rack to cool.