First of all, I know. I know that real Irish soda bread doesn't have raisins, because my friend Lucia, who grew up in Ireland, told me so. I'm writing this while Lucia is visiting her parents, in Ireland, and believe me, the bread is so good that it will be all gone by the time she gets back. White whole wheat flour makes this loaf a bit more crumbly than white flour soda bread, and golden raisins make it sweeter. (You could substitute the more traditional caraway seeds for the raisins.) Nothing tops the flavor of real butter melting on warm bread fresh from the oven; if you're having guests for weekend brunch, treat them to a slice of this Irish soda bread with coffee or tea. It's a lovely way to start the week.
Whole wheat Irish soda bread with golden raisins
Adapted from Yankee's Best New England Recipes, a magazine special. Makes 1 loaf.
3 cups white whole wheat flour, plus extra for work surface
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup buttermilk (I used powdered buttermilk)
1 large egg
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat (silicone mat).
In the bowl of a Kitchenaid-type stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add butter and raisins, and stir until just incorporated.
In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Add to the dry ingredients, and mix until just incorporated. Lightly flour the countertop, and turn the dough out onto the floured surface. Fold over on itself 3 or 4 times. Form into a ball, and place on the baking sheet.
With a sharp knife, cut an "X" in the top of the bread.
Bake at 350F for 45 minutes, until the top is lightly browned and a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Set on a rack to cool for 10 minutes, and serve with butter or jam.
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Whole wheat pumpkin muffins with cranberries and walnuts, from Pinch My Salt
Low-sugar and whole wheat zucchini muffins with pecans, from Kalyn's Kitchen
White whole wheat pizza dough, from 101 Cookbooks
White whole wheat biscuits, from Baking Bites
Whole wheat powdered sugar donuts (baked not fried), from Salad in a Jar
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