This whiskey bread recipe is a quick bread. Its especially good when served with whiskey butter. It would be a great bread for St. Patrick's Day but no need to limit it to just once a year.
Tip: If you don't want to buy buttermilk, make a substitute by mixing milk and white vinegar. The ratio is one cup of milk to one tablespoon of vinegar. Mix and let sit for five minutes.
Tip: If the consumption of alcohol is a consideration, you should know that the alcohol content is eliminated from foods during cooking. The bread has the flavor of whiskey but there is no alcohol content. However, the whiskey butter is not cooked, so therefore does contain alcohol.
Trivia: According to Wikipedia, soda bread is a type of quick bread in which bread soda (otherwise known as sodium bicarbonate or baking soda) is used as a raising agent rather than the more common yeast.
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Whiskey Soda Bread Recipe
1 cup of raisins
1/2 cup Irish whiskey (first amount)
3 cups of flour
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon of grated orange rind
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup of butter (first amount)
1/2 cup (second amount)
1 tablespoon Irish whiskey (second amount)
Place the raisins and the first amount of Irish whiskey in a small bowl. Allow to soak overnight.
Next day, when ready to make your whiskey soda bread, begin by preheating your oven to 350°F. Thoroughly butter a 2 quart baking pan (such as the Chantal Pure 2-Quart Square Baking Pan, Clear Light Vanilla
Combine the salt, flour, baking soda and the orange rind and stir well until all is mixed. Add the whiskey-soaked raisins and stir.
Add the baking soda to the buttermilk and allow to dissolve. Add it to the flour and stir. Melt the butter and add it to the bread mixture. Stir well.
Place the batter in your buttered pan. Bake the bread for fifty minutes or until done. It will be a golden brown color.
Remove from oven and cool a little. While it is cooling, prepare the whiskey butter by mixing the remaining tablespoon of Irish whiskey into the remaining 1/2 cup of butter.
Slice the loaf of whiskey soda bread while still warm and serve with the whiskey butter.