If you would like to try some Irish dishes for this coming St. Patrick’s Day, I’ll be blogging the recipes my mother made for us this past weekend for our Irish Feast. We started the afternoon of eating off with some fantastic breads.
2 1/2 cups chopped dried mixed fruit (raisins, golden raisins, currants, candied peel)
1 1/2 cup hot tea
1/4 cup Irish Whiskey
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. mixed spice
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. orange zest
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup marmalade
1 penny wrapped in wax paper
Soak dried fruit in tea and whiskey over night. Strain well. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease Bundt pan or 2 loaf pans. In a bowl combine flour, spice and baking soda. In a separate bowl mix together dried fruit, zest, egg, sugar and marmalade. Add to flour mixture and stir until just mixed. Pour mixture into Bundt pans or loaf pans. Press wrapped penny into batter and bake for 1 hour.
*The Irish tradition with the penny is the person who gets the penny in their slice of bread is the next one to get married.
Whole-Wheat Irish Soda Bread
2 cups whole-wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 1/4 cups buttermilk
Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and sprinkle with a little flour. Whisk both flours, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. make a well in the center and pour in buttermilk. Using one hand, stir in full circles, starting in the center of the bowl working toward the outside of the bowl, until all the flour is incorporated. The dough should be soft but not too wet and sticky. Bake the bread for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 400° and continue to bake until the loaf is brown on top and sounds hollow when tapped, 30 to 35 minutes more. Transfer the loaf to a wire rack and let cool for about 30 minutes.
*Soda breads are a hearty Irish staple. Soda breads have the heft of a yeast bread but are made in minutes and the dough can be shaped into scones or a round loaf, depending on the occasion. Originally it would have been baked in a bastible (pot oven) over the open fire.
Both of these breads were so delicious! I highly recommend you try them. The Barmbrack is more of a sweet bread and the Soda Bread is more hearty. I recommend you try them both.