Monday, March 20, 2017

Rosemary Cheddar Irish Soda Bread

It was close to St. Paddy's Day, and like everyone else, I started looking around for a Corned Beef Recipe.  On Pinterest, of course, I fell down a rabbit hole, and ended up finding this recipe.  I really thought it was from Williams-Sonoma, but apparently it was not.

Anyway, this was really easy.  Also 2 TBSP of rosemary is a lot (I only got 1 TBSP out of all that I cut off our bush).  I used my Kitchen Aid Mixer to do everything (except beat an egg with buttermilk), so it came together quickly.

We will have again, since D said, "It's the best bread you've made, yet."

Rosemary Cheddar Irish Soda Bread

Photo by ALB

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Author: foodnessgracious

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary
2 cups grated sharp cheddar
1 cups buttermilk
1 whole large egg

Heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly flour a non stick baking tray or spray with a non stick spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, pepper, rosemary and cheese. (I used the whisk attachment on the KitchenAid. Probably speed 3-4)

Add the egg to the buttermilk and beat until mixed. (I did this with a manual whisk)

Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour and lightly mix through until it becomes sticky and a ball forms. (used the dough hook on the Kitchen Aid.  Probably speed 3-4)

Dump the dough out onto a flour dusted work surface and roughly knead the dough into an ball shape.  (keep kneading in the Kitchen Aid, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom to incorporate everything...about 3-4 minutes at that).It may be on the wet side so have some extra flour on hand for dusting. (throw flour on a counter, dump the dough on the counter and shape into a ball).

Place the dough onto your prepared baking tray. Take a sharp serrated knife and cut an X on top of the soda bread.

Photo by ALB

Season the top with some more salt and pepper and bake in the oven for 25 minutes (25, and a toothpick was messy...30 and the toothpick was clean) and the top is golden brown.

Let cool for 20 minutes before slicing and serving with butter (or beer cheese soup).

Photo by ALB

8 Smart Points (my additions/subtractions at 8 servings)

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