I have to be honest with you....I don't really like Irish Soda Bread. It's just tastes too much like, well, baking soda.
|Credit - Winsen Yeung|
Yet, every St. Patrick's Day, I still find myself making it (and usually throwing out most of it). This year, however, I'm taking a different approach to Soda Bread. I decided to put some stuff into the mix that will make the breads more edible and enjoyable!
With this recipe, you get two breads - a Savory Dinner Bread and a Sweet Dessert Bread and you only have to make one dough! Bonus: The main ingredient is Bisquick (make your own)!
8 Cups Bisquick
1/3 Cup White Sugar
1 1/3 Cup Milk
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 Tablespoon Caraway Seeds
1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
This is super easy! Mix the dough ingredients together as well as you can in a bowl.
Remove the very sticky dough from the bowl and knead it on a well-floured surface until it becomes manageable.
Cut the dough in half and flatten each half a bit.
To one half add the Savory Add-Ins.
To the other half, add the Sweet Add-Ins.
Knead each half of dough until the Add-Ins are well distributed (I kneaded each half about twelve times). Form the doughs into rounds.
Cut a 1/2 inch "X" into the tops of the doughs and place on a greased baking sheet. You may add a little more Kosher Salt to the Savory Dough and a little more Brown Sugar to the Sweet Dough if you wish!
Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until the tops are dark golden brown. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before serving.
You can also make these ahead of time, freeze them in foil and a freezer bag, and serve later! Allow 2 hours of thaw time before serving.
Enjoy & Happy St. Patrick's Day!