Raspberry jam and dark chocolate soda bread
- Nonstick vegetable oil spray
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cake flour
- 5 tablespoons sugar, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tablespoons butter, chilled, cut into cubes
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 3 heaping Tbsp raspberry jam
- 3 ounces good quality dark chocolate or bittersweet, corsely chopped
- Zest of one orange
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Spray 8-inch-diameter cast iron skillet with nonstick spray.
- Whisk flours, 4 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and orange zest in large bowl to blend. Add butter.
- Using fingertips, rub in until coarse meal forms.
- Make well in center of flour mixture.
- Add buttermilk.
- Gradually stir dry ingredients into milk to blend.
- Mix in chocolate. lightly fold in jam, leave it clumpy, don't mix completely in.
- Dough with be a wet raggy mess. pour into skillet, don't shake the pan to settle the dough.
- It will get to heavy if you do.
- Sprinkle dough with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar or raw sugar.
- Bake bread until brown and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
- Cool bread in pan 10 minutes.
- Transfer to rack.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
- I don't exactly know how much jam I used. I just added enough until it looked satisfactory. 3 tablespoons is a guess. Us more or less to suit your taste.
- If you are using powdered buttermilk just add the powder to the dry ingredients and pour in the 1 cup water just as you would liquid buttermilk.
- The addition of the cake flour keeps things nice and tender.
- This isn't a firm loaf. You could add more flour or reduce the liquid if you prefer the traditional shape. This loaf is super moist.
- I found that with my oven it is best to cook at 425 for 25-30 minutes.
- The possiblities are endless with this one. Omit the sugar and you have a great savory soda bread base.
Soda breads are so easy and fast. They are great for when you have unexpected company or have to throw something together for a potluck. The leftovers for this sweet version are great the next morning with coffee. The possibilities are endless with this one. Omit the sugar and you have a great savory soda bread base. I usually have all the ingredients for the dough in my pantry and just add what ever I have that is handy.