Friday, March 16, 2012

Delicious and Easy Irish Soda Bread w/ Raisins

It is almost spring! Time to celebrate with green beer and shamrocks. Or, with a warm, yummy loaf of bread. This one is soft, a little sweet, and with plumped up raisins, gives a burst of juicy goodness in every bite. Have a great St. Patrick's Day and don't let the leprechauns steal your loaf!

Irish Soda Bread with Raisins:

1 cup potato or corn starch
1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup sweet rice flour (or brown works too, but it will be slightly denser)
3 tablespoons sugar (I used palm sugar)
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup of buttermilk or 1 cup coconut milk with 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons butter or shortening
3/4 cup plumped raisins

In a bowl add raisins and cover with water. Let them plump while you make the bread. In a bowl, combine flour, starch, sugar, salt, xanthan gum, baking powder and baking soda. Mix the ingredients until combined. Slowly mix in the buttermilk and butter until combined. Fold in the plumped raisins. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until baked through. Let cool and enjoy!