St Patrick’s Day fruit & spice soda bread

March 14 2016
by emma

Fruit & spice soda bread l a splash of vanilla

So, for St Patrick’s Day on Thursday I thought I’d whip up some spicy, sultana studded soda bread to have with tea and things.  It’s best with generous amounts of unsalted butter and golden syrup.

Fruit 'n spice soda bread l a splash of vanilla

 

Recipe for fruit & spice soda bread:

4 cups plain flour
3 x tspns mixed spice
1/2 tspn ground nutmeg
1/2 tspn cinnamon
2 tspns bicarbonate of soda
Good grinding sea salt
1 x 15ml tblspn raw sugar
60g unsalted butter, chilled & cubed
120g sultanas
2 cups chilled buttermilk
Icing sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 190°C.  Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Sift 4 cups of flour, spices, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large bowl.  Stir through sugar then rub cold butter through mixture using your fingertips.  Throw in sultanas and toss around then gently mix in 2 cups of buttermilk to form a soft dough.

Use your hands to bring the dough together on a clean, floured surface to form a 20cm round, then place onto the prepared tray.  Use a sharp knife to slice a cross in the top and bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown, cooked through and it sounds hollow when tapped.

Allow to cool on a cooling tray for a bit then dust with icing sugar if you like.  Serve warm with generous amounts of unsalted butter and golden syrup.

Serves: 8-10

Recipe adapted from: Irish soda bread

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