This is what I made for dinner, and I thought that it probably should be served with Irish Soda Bread.
I know there are lots of people out there that aren't huge fans of either currents or raisins. So, this is my untraditional Irish Soda Bread. Seeing I have an Irish name (McConnel) and I'm a redhead, then I feel I might be allowed to make these adaptations to a Irish tradition.
My Irish Soda Bread is sweetened with dried cranberries and orange zest. And for health benefits and texture, I used some whole wheat flour and ground flax seed.
Irish Soda Bread
3 cups unbleached flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp. ground flax seed
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
4 tbsp. sugar
the zest of one orange (finely grated)
1/2 cup cold butter cut into 1/2" cubes or smaller
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
3/4 cup dried cranberries
Combine first 7 ingredients in a bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut in the cold butter to the flour mixture.
In another bowl, beat the eggs with a fork and add the buttermilk to the eggs. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour and butter. And stir until just combined. Add the dried cranberries and kneed into a ball on a well floured surface. Do not over kneed, just till in comes together well.
Place ball on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cut an X on the top of the bread with a knife. Bake for about 45 mins at 375 F. Bread is done when a toothpick inserted into the it comes out clean.
Serve warm with Orange Honey Butter (see below).
Orange Honey Butter
1/2 cup of butter softened
zest of one orange
Mix well with an electric mixer. Roll into a log in plastic wrap. Then chill it completely. Slice into coins for serving.
This recipe was adapted from Ina Garten's Irish Soda Bread recipe.