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Irish Soda Bread

My kids love Irish soda bread and I make it often (not just on St. Patrick’s day)…this version turns up the volume by adding freshly grated orange zest and a bit more sugar than usual. 4 cups all-purpose flour 6 tbsp sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt 4 tbsp (1/2 stick) cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken (in a pinch I use 6 tbsp of dried buttermilk powder mixed into dry ingredients and 1 3/4 cups cold water) 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten 1 tbsp freshly grated orange zest 1 1/4 cup cried currants Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour. With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together in a measuring cup. With the mixer …

Best Basics: Daily Bread

This is the perfect sandwich bread! It is not as hands off as the “no-knead bread”, but the recipe makes two loaves, so you can use one loaf right away and freeze the other. This is based on a classic recipe from Ina Garten, but I use a combination of white and bread flour. 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees) 2 packages dry yeast (or 4 1/2 tsp) 1 teaspoon sugar 1 1/2 cups warm whole milk (110 degrees) 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1 1/2 tablespoons honey 2 extra-large egg yolks 5 to 6 cups flour (I use 2 cups of white and 3-4 cups of bread flour) 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1 egg white, lightly beaten Place the water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. If the bowl is cold, be sure the water temperature doesn’t drop below 110 degrees F. Add the yeast and sugar; stir and allow them to dissolve for 5 minutes. Add the milk, butter, and honey. Mix …