While I am proud that a decent chunk of my heritage is Irish (my mother's maiden name was originally O'Foley), I have to apologize for being somewhat lapsed when it comes to this St. Patrick's Day. Honestly, I totally forgot about it until a few days ago and I've never really done much traditional Irish cooking. It's something I'd really like to get into and maybe by next year's post I'll have some authentic Irish recipes to share.
I considered totally changing this evening's meal to something "Irish", but just couldn't bring myself to do it...we absolutely love the Indian Chicken Rice Bowls I have on deck for tonight so we're "celebrating" St. Patrick's Day with Indian food!
Makes no sense, right? Enter a bread recipe...
For today I want to share a simple soda bread recipe. I can't remember the last time I've had soda bread, plus my best childhood friend is visiting me from the UK, so it seemed like a perfect quick dish to put together so we can enjoy it with hot tea throughout this cold and snowy East Coast day.
Skillet Soda Bread
2 cups AP flour
1/4 granulated sugar
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 tbsp. cold diced butter
1 beaten egg
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Zest of 1 lemon (or orange)
Preheat the oven to 375.
Whisk together the flour, sugar, soda and salt in a medium bowl. Work in the butter with forks or a pastry cutter until it creates a crumbly texture.
Stir in the egg, buttermilk, walnuts and citrus zest until the dough comes together and is just moistened.
Generously butter an 8" ovenproof skillet (I used my cast iron one), then gently pat the dough into it with floured hands. Score an "X" on the top and bake until cooked through, 30-40 minutes.