pirate soda bread is the invention of a bread genius named eric that i worked for age 21 to 22.
i call it pirate for two reasons: 1. that i recreated the recipe from observation, but was never given the recipe, making the recipe technically stolen, and 2. the whisky, so loved by pirates.
this bread is so irresistible i usually give the second loaf away. it is best eaten toasted with unsalted butter.
pirate soda bread
1 1/4 c. plus 2 tbsp. white flour
1 1/4 c. plus 2 tbsp. whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. buttermilk
1/4 c. molasses
2 oz. melted butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
20 turkish apricots or prunes, soaked overnight in 1/4 c. whisky
3/4 c. currants
1. whisk together dry ingredients and make a well in the center.
2. add all wet ingredients and dried fruits and mix quickly until just combined.
3. form into 2 balls and bake at 375 for 10 minutes, and lower to 350 and bake for 20-25 minutes more.