Today, I run the risk of being predictable. Being half Irish, and with a last name of McDonough, how could I not share a Irish Soda Bread recipe?
This one contains currants, which to The Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread would technically make it a tea cake, not a bona fide soda bread. Yes, there really is a “Society for the Preservation of Soda Bread”.
They would argue that traditional Irish Soda Bread contains only flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk, any else is sacrilegious.
I carved a cruciform, a big X in the top of the loaf before baking. The lore is that it helps to ward off the devil, and protect your household.
I am hoping it will make up for the currants.
- 1 cup currants or raisins
- 2 cups gluten free flour
- 2 Tbs sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp zanthan gum
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp cream of tartar
- 5 Tbs unsalted butter, divided 3 Tbs cold 2 Tbs melted
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- zest of 1/2 lemon