I’ve never been one of the cool kids (shocking, I know). I was a Choir dork and a Band geek and I loved every second of it. I loved being a part of these groups – meeting fun people and coming together to create something bigger than myself. It’s gotten harder and harder in my adult life to find special interest groups such as those. I really miss that time in my life.
So when I found the Secret Recipe Club last month, I jumped at the chance to sign up. Here’s how it works: Once joined, you are assigned another member’s blog. This month, I was assigned The Tasty Cheapskate. You can choose any recipe from the site to make and blog on your own page, and then everyone who is participating reveals their assigned blog and chosen recipe at the same time on the same day. This is my first time participating and I’m really looking forward to discovering some new blogs that I might not have gotten the chance to read before.
Like I said, I was assigned The Tasty Cheapskate blog. The Tasty Cheapskate is written by Jean as she blogs her journey of feeding her family of 6 on the cheap! I spent a good amount of time perusing Jean’s blog trying to decide which of her tasty recipes I would make. It was hard to narrow it down to just one.
Ever since marrying into an Irish family, I’ve had quite an affinity for Irish soda bread. It makes frequent appearances at family gatherings and I always help myself to more than I should. My Mother in Law always buys her loaves from the local Irish bakery and I’d never made it before so when I saw that Jean had, not one but TWO, recipes for soda bread, I did a little happy dance and got to baking.
I made just a couple of additions to Jean’s recipe. I added an egg to the batter in order to give the dough a bit more of a muffin-like consistency and some freshly grated orange zest for just a hint of a sweet citrusy bite. The verdict? I can’t wait to start replacing the store-bought variety I’m so used to with this incredibly easy, super tasty homemade loaf.
So, when’s the next family dinner, Mom?
- Irish Soda Bread – slightly adapted from The Tasty Cheapskate
- 4 Cups Flour
- 4 Tbsp. Sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
- 1 1/2 tsp. Cream of Tartar
- 1 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt
- 1 Egg, lightly beaten
- 2 Tbsp. Butter, softened
- 1 1/2 Cup Buttermilk
- 1 Orange, zest only
- 1 Cup Currants (or Raisins)
Preheat oven to 400.
In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Using your fingers, work in the butter until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
Add the egg, buttermilk, currants and orange zest and mix until the dough just becomes cohesive. Do not over mix, or your loaf will be very tough.
Form the dough into one or two rounds (depending on what size you want your loaf) and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Make an “X” in the top of your loaf (loaves).
Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.