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Skillet Irish Soda Bread Served With Cheddar and Apples

Ingredients

Yield: 1 10-inch loaf

  • Butter for greasing pan plus 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins or currants
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • Good aged Cheddar cheese, for serving
  • Tart apples, cut into slices, for serving.

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 10-inch oven-proof skillet and line with parchment or waxed paper. (Note: Mine came out a bit taller, as my cast-iron is 8-inches and deep.)
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk, eggs and 2 tablespoons melted butter. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just combined. Do not overmix. Stir in the raisins or currants and caraway seeds.
  3. Pour batter into skillet. Brush top with remaining butter. Bake until golden and firm to touch, about 1 hour. Cool 10 minutes before slicing and serving with Cheddar and apples.

Source: New York Times 3/16/07 via Smitten Kitchen

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