Sweet Treats from the Irish Isles
Soda bread came to life in Ireland sometime in the 1800’s. Irish cooks had little time to bake. Breads leavened with baking soda rather than yeast were naturally simpler to make. Original recipes combined flour, buttermilk, baking soda and salt. Over the years the recipes have become more elaborate. This recipe includes oats and cranberries and creates individual scones rather than 1 whole bread. This twist on the soda bread concept is perfect for a party and delicious served with Irish stew.
While soda breads have a slight sweetness, they are well paired with savory dishes. Eggs in the morning, with a salad or a slice of Kerry Gold Cheese for lunch and steeped in stew or aside a brisket for dinner. It’s versatility makes it an ideal “bread” to have on hand.
Mick Corduff of the Delaney House recently shared his favorite recipes with Anne Gerard-Flynn of the Republican. Irish Beef Stew was among them. They say every one is Irish in March so plan your pre parade party and include a couple recipes that are off the beaten path. There is no need to stick to Corned Beef and Cabbage and a loaf of the old faithfull to get your Irish Up!
Irish Oat Scones
- 2 packages All Purpose Baking Mix (gluten free) or 4 cups Jiffy Baking Mix
- 3/4 cup oats (Bob’s Red Mill has a Gluten Free variety)
- 1 tbsp Local Honey
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp caraway seeds (optional)
- 1/2 cup craisins
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet. In a large bowl, mix together baking mix, baking soda, craisins, and caraway seeds. Blend in honey and butter with a pastry cutter or fork. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into 24 rounds and place on two prepared baking sheets. Brush scones with melted butter.
Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Find it Local;
- Jiffy Baking Mix can be found at both Big Y and Stop and Shop
- All Purpose Baking Mix (gluten free) can be ordered from Terra Americana in Westfield
- Kerry Gold Cheese and Craisins are well priced at Costco
- Bob’s Red Mill has a Gluten Free Oats can be found at Ocean State Job Lot
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