I know today in most states, there is no way anyone is going to stay inside and cook. But I couldn’t think of anything better to write about today. So, in memory of St. Patty’s Day (which is coming soon)…I give you the recipe for Cheddar and Bacon Irish Soda Bread.
*Note that I do not eat pork bacon (and no I am not Jewish). You can exchange pig bacon for turkey bacon or vegan bacon if you desire.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
8 ounces cooked bacon
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 cup grated cheddar (8 ounces)
4 green onions or scallions, chopped, green part only
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
*If you don’t have buttermilk, take regular milk and mix in a tbsp of vinegar.
-Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
-In a skillet on medium-low heat, warm up the oil. Add the Irish bacon to the skillet, and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove from the skillet and chop the bacon.
-In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, kosher salt, granulated sugar, Irish cheddar, chopped Irish bacon and green onions until well blended. Pour in the buttermilk and mix until the dough comes together.
-Form the dough into a round loaf and place on the baking sheet. With a sharp knife, cut a cross into the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the loaf is lightly browned and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
How are you going to enjoy this day today?