Irish Whiskey Soda Bread

Irish Whiskey Soda Bread

1 cup golden raisins (sultanas)
1/4 cup Irish whiskey
4 cups plain all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon of salt
2 cups buttermilk
1 extra large egg
2 tablespoons Coco Fine Food’s Orange Blossom Honey
2 teaspoons orange zest
  1. Preheat over to 425F. Butter a cast iron skillet or alternatively use a baking sheet dusted with flour or lined with parchment paper.
  2. Place golden raisins and Irish Whiskey in Pyrex jug, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave for 1 minute. Set aside.
  3. Sift dry ingredients into large bowl; flour, salt and baking soda. Stir to combine.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, orange zest and Coco Fine Foods Orange Blossom Honey.
  5. Make well in center of dry ingredients bowl and slowly add 2/3 of wet ingredients.
  6. With a dry, clean light hand, make a circular motion bringing ingredients together until just combined and no dry patches. Do not over mix or bread will become dense. Dough should be sticky wet, If still dry, gradually add more of buttermilk mixture holding 2 tablespoons aside to brush top.
  7. Gently mix in raisins.
  8. Wash and dry hands, dust them with flour and shape the dough into 8in round, transferring to skillet or baking sheet.
  9. Cut a cross on top of the bread (to let the fairies out) .
  10. Brush top with remaining buttermilk mixture and a sprinkling of sugar.
  11. Place in center of oven and bake at 425F for 10minutes, then reduce to 400F and bake for another 20minutes until golden, clean toothpick and hollow when tapped.
  12. Cool on wire rack and enjoy, ideally with Irish butter, Cashel Blue Cheese and Coco Fine Foods jam.

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