Monday, March 14, 2016

Irish Soda Bread w/ Raisins & Chocolate

This morning, local Lancaster blogger, Phoebe, of Phoebe's Pure Food, posted a link on her facebook page about Irish Soda Bread, and while I baked my Chocolate Cake, I couldn't get it out of my head and decided to mix it up while I was waiting on the cake anyway.

I didn't have all of the ingredients called for and went with some of the variations Phoebe very cleverly adds into her recipes (love that!).  My recipe really didn't come out as a traditional Irish Soda Bread, but it did come out delicious (and much larger than I anticipated, since it took up almost my whole baking stone!  Definitely worth saving this recipe, and I look forward to trying more variations next time.

Irish Soda Bread w/ Raisins & Chocolate

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Flour baking stone or line pan with parchment.

In a large mixing bowl, combine
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips
In a smaller mixing bowl, whisk till smooth
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
Pour wet ingredients into dry and combine with wooden spoon and/or hands.  Dough will be sticky.
Pour dough onto baking stone and form into round shape, patting to relatively even thickness.

Sprinkle with
  • 1/2 tbsp flour
...and slice an X into the top.

Bake until golden, aprox 1 hr 10 minutes.


**NOTE: This made one very large loaf, just shy of the diameter of my pizza stone!  In the future, shaping into two loafs will be much easier to handle, slice & save for later.  As it was, to put this in containers away, I had to cut it into quarters! 

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