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!
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)
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.
Oooh I looove the idea of Irish soda bread biscuits! They look awesome!ReplyDelete
Biscuits? I'll take a dozen!ReplyDelete
These look great! I pinned them and I hope to make them this weekend!ReplyDelete
Oh, you are so creative, Anita! What a superb idea (and good for portion control!).ReplyDelete
What a great idea ~ Would love to try these :-)ReplyDelete
love love this idea! So great to make biscuits!ReplyDelete
I made these this morning and they turned out great!! Thanks for the recipe!ReplyDelete