Homemade Irish Soda Bread with Cranberries

Irish Soda Bread
If you have never made homemade bread before, you should start with the Irish classic, soda bread. There is nothing simpler. If you can mix ingredients and plop them in a pan, you can make this bread. I have been making this recipe for years; I don’t remember where the original version came from, but after all these years, it has become my go to recipe for soda bread.   The sweet organic dried cranberries that I use almost make this bread dessert.

Irish Soda Bread
You don’t even need the luck of the Irish to make this easy recipe for your St. Patrick’s Day meal!

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Homemade Irish Soda Bread with Cranberries
The sweet organic dried cranberries that I use almost make this bread dessert.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup all purpose flour
  2. 1 cup bread flour
  3. 1/4 cup of sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 4 tablespoons butter
  8. 1 cup milk
  9. 1 teaspoon vinegar
  10. zest of 1/2 a lemon
  11. 3/4 cup dried cranberries
To start
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease a round cake pan. Place the vinegar into the milk and stir and set aside.
Next
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Take your chilled butter and cut it into small cubes. With your fingers, press the butter into the flour between your fingers to make a sandy like consistency. Stir with a wooden spoon and slowly incorporate in the milk mixture. Finally, stir in the dried cranberries and zest.
  2. Pour the batter (it will be wet and sticky and not look like bread dough) into the prepared pan. Sprinkle some sugar on top if you desire and place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Check with a toothpick to make sure bread is done — the top should be golden brown crackled.
  3. Let rest in the pan for 5 minutes then turn out onto a cooling rack. Slice and serve warm or at room temperature. Store at room temperature and you can enjoy it for a few days.
Shaun Myrick http://www.shaunmyrick.com/

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