So last night Matt actually was able to come home for dinner and I was excited!! So I decided to bust out something new and Irish! First up was homemade Irish Soda Bread (Ina Garten) and I am not gonna lie it was amazing, I can’t believe it turned out so well. Take a look……………
4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for currants
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken
1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon grated orange zest (I doubled this)
1 cup dried currants (I omitted this)
Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour.
With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together in a measuring cup. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Combine the currants with 1 tablespoon of flour and mix into the dough. It will be very wet.
Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf. Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan and lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. When you tap the loaf, it will have a hollow sound.
Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room temperature
In a skillet melt 2 tablespoons of butter and then mix in 1/3 cup of flour to make a rue. Then begin stirring in slowly 2 cups of whole milk over med-low heat until the sauce thickens.
Next add 2/3 of the yolk back in the sauce, stir until almost dissolved.
Lastly stir in the egg whites, salt and pepper to taste!