Irish Soda Bread; it is something you got to make around St. Patrick’s Day, even if you’re not Irish, like me; kind of getting in the spirit of things. I hope I am not offending anybody by changing the recipe into Sage Irish Whiskey Cheddar Soda Bread: I added Irish whiskey cheddar and sage to add more flavor and whole wheat for extra color and flavor. Serve this bread with some real butter, warm bread and butter, what more do you need, some cheese may be? An easy bread recipe and I would say, guaranteed success.
I mixed Irish cheddar cheese with Whiskey and sage inside the dough and also some cheddar on the top of the bread, just to make it a little richer; when it comes out of the oven with that wonderful aroma, bring on the butter, it is hard to resist. You’ll need 2 cups of the cheese, that is about 8 ounces and 2 tablespoons of chopped sage.
This is how you make this easy Sage Irish Whiskey Cheddar Soda Bread, it is a mouth full title and a mouth full of bread. Mix the dry ingredients, I used a mixture of whole wheat and all purpose flour, then add cheese and sage and then mix in the buttermilk and the egg. Don’t add all the cheese, you want to keep a little bit behind to
You’ll end up with a slightly sticky dough; knead that a little bit, just to make sure that all is well mixed and then bake it. I baked it in a fondue pot and covered it, because I wanted to retain the moisture and didn’t want the bread to brown too much. After 30 minutes take the cover off and sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake another 15 minutes.
Pure warm seductive aroma will welcome you in your kitchen. Allow the bread to cool a little and enjoy the crunchy crust, the flavorful bread with some butter, I guess it has to be Irish butter :-), to make up for the non-traditional soda bread recipe I made.