Corned Beef and Cabbage is my favorite holiday meal of the year. Better than thanksgiving or Christmas in my opinion. I love cabbage, I love corned beef dipped in mustard, and I love fresh baked bread. I always accompany my corned beef and cabbage with a fresh loaf of Irish Soda bread. Its slightly sweet and has plump raisins. Its pretty much like a big scone and its so good! And a plus is that it doesn’t use yeast, so its very quick and fool proof to make.
Who can argue with a loaf of whole grain freshly baked bread that takes 45 minutes from start to finish? Not me.
Irish Soda Bread
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 Tbs + 1/2 tsp sugar, divided
1.5 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbs butter
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup raisins
Place raisins in hot water. Let sit to soften up while you make the rest.
Sift flour, 2 Tbs sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Cut in butter.
Stir in buttermilk and raisins (drained of water!).
Form dough roughly into a ball using floured hands.
Place dough on silpat baking sheet or greased baking sheet and form into a circular loaf shape.
Sprinkle remaining 1 tsp sugar on top.
Bake at 375 F for 40 minutes
Soaked recipe: soak flour and warm cultured buttermilk in a covered glass bowl overnight. When ready to bake, mix together sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and softened butter together. Mix into soaked flour and add raisins. Form into ball and cook as directed.
Total Fat: 3.8 g
Sodium: 249 mg (10%)
Carbohydrates: 29 g
Dietary fiber: 1 g
Sugars: 8.6 g
Protein: 3.6 g