Brown Butter Soda Bread

Because I like options, here is a second Irish Soda Bread variation recipe.

brown butter soda bread

Yield: 2 small, round loaves of bread
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 45 min

Ingredients:
Soda Bread:
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oats
4 TB packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup dried currants, raisons, dried cranberries, or blueberries
1 egg white, beaten

Cinnamon-Honey Butter :
1/2 cup  butter, softened
1 tablespoon honey
2 or 3 good shakes of ground cinnamon

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

2. Melt the butter in small saucepan over medium heat until melted and golden brown (stirring often and keeping a close eye), 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and set it aside to cool.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in the brown butter and buttermilk until the flour mixture is moistened and comes together.

4. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface. Sprinkle the currants on top and knead them gently into the dough until the dough comes together, about 7 turns. Divide the dough in half. Shape each half into ball, and lightly flatten each into 6-inch round. Place the rounds on ungreased baking sheet, spacing 5 inches apart. Use a knife to cut a 1/2-inch deep "X" in the top of each round of dough. Brush the tops with the egg wash.

5. Bake the loaves until they turn deep golden brown and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes.
**When the bread is cooked, remove it from the tin and swaddle it in a clean dish towel or two.  This helps trap the steam from the cooling bread, and prevents the crust from getting too hard.  Cool the loaf on a wire tray.

 Serve warm or at room temperature.

6. If you'd like to make the honey butter, just mix the butter with honey and cinnamon in a small bowl until blended. Serve with the bread.

*You'll get the most tender soda bread by kneading the dough gently and briefly, just until it comes together, so the gluten is minimally developed.

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