Monday, December 13, 2010

Holiday Carb Loading Recipe

Ok, this isn't strictly a carb loading recipe, but I heavily tweaked a soda bread recipe a couple of years ago to turn a typical irish soda bread into something I could call a "Holiday Soda Bread."  Here's what I ended up with:

FoCoRunner’s Irish Christmas Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
3/4-1 cup raisins (golden are best)

1) Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease a 9X5 bread loaf pan.
2) Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Whisk wet ingredients together in a separate bowl. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix with a spoon until you have an evenly moist sticky batter.
3) Fold raisins into batter, and pour into greased loaf pan.
4) Bake for 60-70 min. Test with toothpick and increase bake time if necessary until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Keeps pretty well.

Slice hot or toast and butter. Delicious.

Take it to your Running Club's Holiday Potluck.  It'll be a hit.

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