Irish Soda Bread buns

I have posted about Irish Soda Bread before but it never really worked well and was always tough in texture. This time it turned out delicious!

I was going to make the Martha Stewart Irish soda bread buns I saw in her magazine, but I didn’t have half the ingredients she wanted..so I improvised. 

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Irish Soda Bread Buns

4 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/2 tsp coarse salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

4 tbsp cold butter

1/3 cup ground flax seed/chia seed (I had this on hand, you could use wheatbran, or just ground flax, just something to give it colour)

2 tbsp caraway seeds (this can be omitted if you don’t like caraway)

2 cups whole milk + 1 tbsp lemon juice

1 cup currants (raisins or any dried fruit is good)

 

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and ground flax.

Mix cold butter into flour mix until crumbly. Then add caraway and currants.

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Mix milk and lemon juice and let stand for 5 minutes for it to curdle. This is homemade buttermilk!

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Mix flour mixture with milk and combine until you have a sticky ball of dough.

Do not knead!

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Flour counter and cut into 16 pieces. Place on baking sheet, each piece touching. 

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Slash top of each bun.

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Bake for about 35min (until golden brown). I used a toothpick to make sure it was baked through. Everytime I made soda bread, the middle would still be gooey, but with buns you are guaranteed baked through!

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Rip open and slather with butter (as seen above). It’s hard to stop eating it… 

Happy St.Patrick’s day!

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