I have really been enjoying the Williams Sonoma Instagram page. Some of the recipes have been really good. I decided to try this bread recipe. It’s called Dutch Oven Irish Soda Bread, it was easy and it was sooooo good. It was almost like a large raisin tea biscuit.
Here is what you need:
4 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of baking Soda
1 tsp of salt
1/2 cup of butter, cold/ 1 stick
2 large eggs
1 and 1/2 cups of buttermilk
1 cup of dried currents
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking Soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.
Cut cold butter into thin slices and add into flour-sugar mixture.
Mix the butter into the flour~ it will be slightly lumpy, with a similar coarse consistency to cornmeal.
Whisk together the buttermilk and eggs into a small mixing bowl
Gradually mix the egg and buttermilk into the flour
Mix until all liquid is absorbed. The dough will be slightly wet and not smooth.
Mix the currants into the dough by hand.
On a lightly floured surface or piece of parchment paper, shape dough into a large round ball shape.
Place the ball of dough into a greased Dutch oven with lid on.
After 30 minutes, remove the lid and bake for an additional 15 minutes until baked through.
Allow to cool slightly before removing from the Dutch oven by flipping over onto a plate.
Best served warm (with Irish coffee) but will keep well for if wrapped.