I couldn't let St. Patrick's Day pass without posting two of my favorite Irish recipes: champ (mashed potatoes with green onions and butter) and Irish soda bread.
For this recipe, click here for Darina Allen's Scallion Champ.
I've tried a few different recipes for Irish soda bread. My favorite one was developed by one of my favorite cookbook authors, Sarah Leah Chase. It has Scotch-soaked raisins (hello!), a little brown sugar for sweetness and whole-wheat flour for fiber and texture.
Irish Soda Bread
Sarah Leah Chase
1 cup golden raisins
3 tablespoons Scotch
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 large eggs
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
3 tablespoons melted, unsalted butter
1 tablespoon caraway seed
Toss the raisins with the Scotch at least one hour before making the bread.
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together the eggs with the buttermilk and butter. Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir with a wooden spoon. Add raisins and caraway.
Shape the dough into a round loaf on a greased or parchment-lined sheet pan. Slash a deep X across the top of the bread. Bake 45 to 50 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven until brown.