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Irish Soda Bread / Scone (No-Knead)


This was based on an Ina Garten recipe from the Food Network app. I tried out some Irish food around St. Patrick's Day. I discuss why mine is a "/ Scone" below.


https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/irish-soda-bread-4664619


This turned out differently than I imagined, but it still tasted good. It was supposed to be a Irish Soda (which is for baking soda) BREAD -- but the texture is a little different and more like a SCONE or BISCUIT.


I think this happened because I didn't have the right equipment -- stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Haha! :)


If I don't have the right equipment, I usually try to make the recipe and hack something together.


This tasted good, but the lack of paddle attachment did make a difference, but still the tasted good! :)


In the recipe, you mix in chunks of butter into the stand mix and with the paddle attachment; they become smaller and then this changes the texture of the dough. Conversely, with an electric mixer, the chunks of butter do not become smaller and they melt during baking and become a pocket of steam -- like you want in a biscuit or a scone! That's what happened here.



What I used:

- 4 cups of flour

- 1 3/4 cup buttermilk (milk + vinegar)

4 tablespoons sugar (if you like your bread less sweet, use just 2 or 3 tablespoons)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice

13/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken

1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon grated orange zest

1 cup dried currants


I used raisins, dried cranberries and lemon zest in mine.



In addition, the dough seemed pretty dry before it was supposed to go in the oven and the recipe said it would be a wet dough...I didn't know if it would bake. Haha! :)




I baked it for ~1 hour. As you can see it's more dense than bread, more like a biscuit or scone. Still tasty!


Next time, I'll try it with paddle attachment or bake them on a baking sheet as separate scones.


Give it a try! We are good at this!



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