Friday, March 15, 2013

Sweet Irish Soda Bread Biscuits

Last year, an Irish-born colleague introduced me to my favorite version of soda bread.  Simple and sweet, almost like scones but baked into a loaf.  It was delicious!  I said I wouldn't wait until next St. Patrick's Day to make it again but, somehow the time got away from me.  Oh, well.  I baked up a loaf last weekend and the delicate aroma made me fall in love with it all over again.

Brian and I finished off the loaf pretty quickly but last night I was in the mood for it again.  I had some leftover homemade broccoli and cheese soup and I thought the soda bread would be a great compliment.  But this time I decided to see what would happen if I made the recipe into biscuits instead of a whole loaf.  I suspected they would bake more quickly than the loaf so I monitored the time carefully to make sure they didn't burn.  And I was rewarded with that same wonderful taste but with a delicate, biscuit consistency.  Perfect with the soup but also great with tea and jam for breakfast.  I may need to make another batch pretty soon. :)  Enjoy!

Ingredients
4 Cups all-purpose flour
5 Tablespoons sugar
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Stick unsalted butter, softened
1 Cup buttermilk (I used low fat)
1 Egg
2 Tablespoons buttermilk for the glaze

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Add in the softened butter (I used a pastry cutter to make sure it was fully incorporated).  In a separate bowl, add the egg and cup of buttermilk and whisk to combine.  Pour into the flour mixture and stir to combine.  Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly.  The dough is not sticky and will come together fairly easily.  Pat out the dough until it's about 1/2" thick and use a biscuit cutter to cut out rounds.  Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Brush the 2 tablespoons of buttermilk onto the biscuits and bake them in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes or until they are lightly golden brown.  The number of servings depends on the size biscuits you make.  I used a 3 1/2" cutter and got a dozen biscuits.

7 comments:

  1. Oooh I looove the idea of Irish soda bread biscuits! They look awesome!

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  2. These look great! I pinned them and I hope to make them this weekend!

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  3. Oh, you are so creative, Anita! What a superb idea (and good for portion control!).

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  4. What a great idea ~ Would love to try these :-)

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  5. love love this idea! So great to make biscuits!

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  6. I made these this morning and they turned out great!! Thanks for the recipe!

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