Even if you’re not! [I'm raising my hand over here!]
I said a few posts ago that I’m not a huge fan of classic Irish cuisine, but I really do love Irish Soda Bread… when it’s baked right. Just a tad sweet, crispy on the outside but moist on the inside, warmed from the oven with a bit of butter (or Earth Balance) smeared on? Perfection. It’s also a great hangover cure from all that Guinness and those Irish Creams. Just sayin’.
And if you really want to be authentic and not just green, like this…
…is your perfect solution.
Irish Soda Bread
4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
1 2/3 cups almond milk
1 tbsp + 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup raisins
Sift the flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar together in a small bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk the almond milk and lemon juice together. Add the raisins, and let sit for about an hour.
An hour later, stir in the flour mixture, little by little, eventually switching to using your hands to knead, until dough is a little sticky but doesn’t completely to your hands and can be kneaded easily into a solid ball. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spritz with a bit of cooking oil. Put the loaf on top of the pan, dust with a bit of flour, and bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until firm to touch, slightly browned, and a toothpick plunged in the center comes out clean.
Let cool for a couple minutes before transferring to a wire rack. I highly recommend serving it with some butter while it’s still warm!