Sunday, March 16, 2008

Irish Soda Bread Cookies

A nice twist on the traditional Irish Soda Bread that everyone makes for St. Patrick's Day - and since the ingredients are basically the same there are always a few loaves of soda bread made as well - and I STILL have leftover buttermilk!

Crumbly mess before adding the buttermilk....

I always manage to coat my kitchen in flour....

I think the holiday should be re-named St. Peeptrick's Day!

Irish Soda Bread Cookies

2 Cups All Purpose Flour
3/4 Cup White Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Paking Soda
1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Currants
1/4 Cup Buttermilk
1 Egg
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Caraway Seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. With a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sitr in currants.

Mix in beaten egg. Pour in milk and mix with a fork to make a soft dough (you may need to add a little more milk).

On a floured surface, shape dough into a ball and knead lightly 5 or 6 times. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into squares and triangles using a knife (approximately 2 inches in diameter).

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned.

(personally I like to overbake these just a tiny bit for a crispier texture.)

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