I never bake breads, but I thought today it would be fitting to do an Irish Soda Bread. I read this article online about the fact that America gets WAY more excited about holidays than their respective locations do. Cinco De Mayo in Mexico is nothing like the crazy, ‘let’s get drunk off of tequila and run around in sombreros.’ And apparently, St. Patrick’s real color was blue. True? I have no idea, but it sort of makes me laugh.
Anyways, I love the combination of orange and cranberry, so I decided to incorporate it into this amazing bread.
2 cups flour + extra for kneading
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 stick butter (I use salted, but it traditional comes with unsalted)
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup dried cranberries (chopped)
Zest from 1 orange
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients. Cut butter into squares and then incorporate it in your mixture with your hands or a pastry blender. In a separate bowl, combine egg, buttermilk and orange zest. Stir into butter mixture and mix well with a wooden spoon.
Flour your surface, and lay out the dough. Sprinkle flour over the bread and knead, adding more and more flour as you go. Do this until it’s easy, and not sticky anymore. Make into a round loaf and cut an X onto the top of it. Bake for 40-50 minutes, slice, add butter and enjoy!