Let me start by saying how insanely delicious and EASY this Irish Soda Bread is, but I must also warn you that you might not want to share the whiskey butter with your kiddos, but aside from that, this is the perfect St. Patty’s day bread. It kind of embodies the entire Irish culture…….uncomplicated, full of zest and swimming in whiskey. Drew’s new job has him traveling to some pretty remote places in Kentucky’s whiskey country, and with that comes some “perks”, if you will, so when he came home with two mason jars of uncut bourbon it only seemed fitting to put it to good use in the kitchen. It’s kind of like blasphemy to my whiskey loving family that I would put their beloved bourbon in a bread rather than drink it neat in a glass, but the Irishmen will take their booze in bread, in a glass or simply slopped up off the pub floor, so I think I’m just fine with that lucky little green leprechaun with this one!
Irish Drinking Toast
May your glass be ever full,
May the roof over your head be always strong,
And may you be in heaven
Half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1/2 cup whiskey
- 3 cups flour, sifted
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 1/3 cups buttermilk
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- Reserved whiskey
- In a small bowl, combine golden raisins and whiskey and let marinate overnight.
- The next day, drain raisins and reserve whiskey for Whiskey Butter.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 2 QT baking dish.
- In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt & baking soda. Stir in marinated raisins, orange peel and caraway seeds into dry ingredients.
- Switch to paddle bar attachment, beat in buttermilk and 1/4 cup melted butter to make a thick bread batter. Batter will be sticky like bread dough.
- Pour batter into greased dish. Bake in oven until top is golden brown and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
- Beat 1/2 cup butter at room temperature until fluffy. Beat in whiskey one tablespoon at a time until desired taste. Serve with bread.