Irish Soda Bread with Harpoon Celtic Ale

100_4240Trader Joe’s really came through for me this year in terms of St. Patrick’s Day – they sold these adorable shamrock plants AND one of their San Francisco store’s stocked Harpoon’s Celtic Ale! Clearly this meant I had to bake something with it for our Corned Beef dinner. I adapted this Irish Soda Bread recipe for just such an occasion.
Ingredients —
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins
1 cup Harpoon Celtic Ale
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 eggs (one for dough + one for brushing on top)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Measure beer first and let it go a bit flat while you start the dough. Butter and flour a 9-inch cake pan.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, + salt in the bowl of your Kitchenaid mixer with the dough hook (or a large bowl works fine). Stir in raisins. Then add beer, milk, melted butter, and one egg until a dough forms.

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If you’re using a Kitchenaid, the dough hook will do most of the kneading for you. If not, flour a surface and knead dough until smooth. Shape into round loaf and place into buttered and floured pan. Cut an ‘X’ into the top of the bread.

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Beat the one remaining egg and brush over dough, this gives it a sheen post-bake. Bake 50 – 55 minutes. When it’s done, the loaf will sound hollow when knocked.

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Ta-Da! Enjoy! Thanks to whoever is responsible for shipping Harpoon out west. Here’s hoping they start shipping more of their beers out this way!

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