Not-so-traditional Irish Soda Bread

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HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY!!

Confession : I’ve posted many st.patty’s day appropriate snacks on LTSL but, can anything compare to delicious bread fresh from the oven slathered with butta … not even butter or forget margarine … you want enough butter on this pot of gold, that you start calling it butta …

Unlike most celebrations, instead of celebrating with cake today … you need bread. Stick a candle in it, do a little jig, pour yourself a drink annnndddd celebrate!!  You also need this Not-so-traditional Irish Soda Bread because you’re responsible and when you OD on Guinness, green beer or (and) whisky tonight, you know you’re going to want to curl up with something delicious.. or you could just be like me and truly believe break fixes everything.

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Also this bread is actually easier than most.

No rise.

No yeast.

Big win.

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Not-so-traditional Irish Soda Bread

 Ingredients

3 ½ cups all purpose flour

1 cup pastry flour

3/4 cups granulated sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup cold margarine

2 cups cranberries

1 tablespoons fennel seeds

2 1/2 cups milk

1 tbsp + 2 ¼ tsp Cream of tartar

1 large egg

1 Tsp Orange extract

3 tbsp cornmeal

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 Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously butter heavy cast iron skillet and sprinkle with cornmeal.

In a medium dish, combine milk and cream of tartar. Refrigerate until ready to use.

In large bowl, whisk together both flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

Add margarine; using fingertips to incorporate until the mixture is the consistency of corn meal. Stir in cranberries and fennel seeds.

Whisk together egg and orange extract. Gently fold into milk mixture.

add to dough. Stir just until well incorporated.

Transfer dough to prepared skillet; smooth top, mounting slightly in center. Using small sharp knife dipped into flour, cut 1-inch-deep “X” in top center of dough.

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Bake until bread is cooked through and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Cool bread in skillet 10 minutes. Turn out onto rack and cool completely.

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Hope you have a lucky St. Patrick’s day my little leprechauns xo

Dark chocolate chunk kefir Oatmeal Banana bread.

If I ever become pregnant I seriously worry for my husband. I’m not even close to being pregnant and I get cravings like a mad woman!!

Randomly I’ll get a whiff of maple syrup and NEED TO HAVE waffles … sometimes is cheese danishes … other times its peanut butter cookies … other times doughnuts … sometimes it’s salad ( not very often, but it happens …) this time it was banana bread.

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Banana bread studded with huge chocolate chunks – dark chocolate chunks. Not too sweet … so I can justify it as breakfast, but also sweet enough that I can have it as an afternoon snack over coffee.

That’s where this fine lookin loaf came from : Dark chocolate chunk kefir Oatmeal Banana bread.

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I’ve never actually baked with kefir before, I didn’t know what to expect – I hoped that it would be acidic like buttermilk, but with a lower fat content. The result was perfect, a dense banana bread, that was loaded with chocolate chunks. Sweet – but not overly sweet … and ( note: I’m about to say the “M” word ) Moist … I can feel my teeth hurting from just reading that word.

Make the bread ladies and germs, you totes-ma-goats need this bread. Ahhh and then make this banana foster with it – you’re welcome!! And now … I need that banana foster.

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Dark chocolate chunk kefir Oatmeal Banana bread.

Ingredients

3 whole, ripe bananas

1 large egg

3/4 cup Kefir Milk

1 tsp Vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup flour

3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 tsp cinnamon powder

½ tsp ground ginger

1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks.

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mash bananas in a medium bowl, then stir in egg and kefir and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl whisk together flour oats, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon powder, ground ginger.

Add dry ingredients to the wet.

Stir in chocolate chunks.

Pour mixture into a lightly greased loaf pan.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

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Taaa daaaaa …. This shit really is B-a-n-a-n-a-s.

… sorry, there was no way this entire post was going to happen without me saying that!! Happpppyyyy ddaysss my loves.