It’s a chilly, rainy day.
The grass is greening up again.
In my possession are all the ingredients needed to make Irish Soda Bread.
And… it’s St. Paddy’s Day!
We love Irish soda bread,
but, I’m feeling a bit impatient today. I really don’t feel like waiting long for Irish soda bread to bake today. At least it is a quick rising bread. No yeast is necessary so that means no rising time — all you need is baking powder and soda.
To quicken the baking process, Alex and I decided to try make our Irish soda bread in our waffle maker. Sounds a bit strange, but it worked out beautifully.
Irish Soda Bread Waffles
We love Irish soda bread. To quicken the baking process, Alex and I decided to try make our Irish soda bread in our waffle maker. Sounds a bit strange, but it worked out beautifully.
4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus extra for currants
- 4 tablespoons granulated sugar or honey
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken
- 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
- Zest of one orange
- 1 cup dried currants or raisins
- Non-stick butter spray
Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour.
With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together in a measuring cup. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Combine the currants with 1 tablespoon of flour and mix into the dough. It will be very wet.
Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and knead it a few times just until the dough comes together. Divide the dough into 8 pieces and flatten just a bit.
Spray the inside of your waffle iron with a non-stick butter spray or brush melted butter all over. Place the pieces of soda bread and close the lid. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until the inside of the bread is cooked through.
Don’t forget to enjoy with some good Irish butter and a cup o’ tea!
Happy St. Paddy’s friends!