Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

This week, all of my recipes are going to be dedicated to St. Patrick's Day. I can't think of a better way to celebrate the Irish holiday then with Irish FOOD! One of the most traditional baked goods in Ireland is soda bread... a quick and easy bread made with buttermilk and very few other ingredients.


Background information about Irish Soda Bread:
"There are many traditional baked goods in Ireland that have evolved over the centuries. From the earliest times, bread-making was an integral part of daily life in almost every home. Families lived in isolated farmhouses where most kitchens had only open hearths, not ovens, so the breads that developed were baked on griddles or in large three-legged black iron pots over fragrant turf fires. The aroma and taste of traditional soda bread is unique to Ireland, and it's become the established favorite with tourists and locals alike". Read more at allrecipes.com.




Instead of making a traditional soda bread, I opted for hand-held, portable soda bread muffins instead. These Irish Soda Bread Muffins turned out delicious! They are moist, dense, and the raisins make them just sweet enough. I made my own buttermilk (see below) and used caraway seed in my version of this Irish favorite. I can't wait to warm one of these muffins up in the morning!

Sláinte!!!

Irish Soda Bread Muffins
recipe adapted from skinnytaste.com
makes 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • baking spray
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp. caraway seeds
  • 3 tbsp chilled butter
  • 1 cup 1% buttermilk**
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 oz raisins (about 2/3 cup)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray muffin tin with baking spray.

In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and caraway seeds).


Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.


In a small bowl, stir together buttermilk, honey, and egg until blended. Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and stir to combine. Stir in raisins.



Spoon batter into prepared pan.


Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of one muffin comes out clean.

Remove tin and cool on a wire rack for about 5 minutes before removing muffins from tin; finish cooling on rack. Serve warm or cool completely and store muffins in an airtight container or ziplock bags at room temperature.


** If you do not have buttermilk you can use regular milk and do the following:
Ingredients:
Milk (just under one cup)
1 Tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice

Preparation:
1. Place a Tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup.
2. Add enough milk to bring the liquid up to the one-cup line.
3. Let stand for five minute. Then, use as much as your recipe calls for.
from http://frugalliving.about.com

I didn't have any buttermilk, so I used the above method with fat-free milk and white vinegar and it worked great. :)


You can enjoy this traditional Irish bread for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Best when served warm.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

- Janel





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