Irish Soda Bread Treacle Bread


Irish Soda Bread Treacle Bread


  • butter-flavor no stick cooking spray
  • 4 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsps granulated sugar
  • 2 tbs unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup seedless raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cup plus 2 tbs. nonfat buttermilk


Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat it to 375F. Coat the cookie sheet or baking pan with cooking spray. Dust with flour, and tap out excess flour. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Add the butter, and use your fingertips to pinch it into the flour until it is in very small flakes and no large lumps remain. (I use pastry blender) Stir in the raisins and currants. Beat the egg in a cup or small bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk and all but 1 tbs. of the beaten egg (reserving the rest for glaze). With a wooden spoon, blend thoroughly, until all is moistened, but DO NOT overbeat. The dough will be sticky. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface, and lightly knead with floured hands for 1 - 2 minutes. The dough should be neither wet nor totally dry to the touch; the surface will be bumpy. Add a little more flour if necessary. Form the dough into a ball about 8 inches in diameter. Set the dough on the prepared cookie sheet or in the pan. Use a sharp knife to cut a cross about 1/2" deep in the top. Using a pastry brush, brush the reserved beaten egg over the top of the dough. Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes, until the bread is well risen and golden brown on top, and a long skewer inserted in the center comes out dry. Traditionally, the bread is cooled on a rack, then covered with a cloth towel, which softens the crust and keeps the interior moist. Alternatively, the loaf can be cooled and stored in an airtight tin or plastic bag. To serve, cut into wedges with a serrated knife. Serve freshly baked bread as is, day-old bread toasted. Yield 1 round loaf; 16 slices

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