St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas: Irish Freckle Bread

Are you looking for St. Patrick’s Day food ideas? Irish Freckle bread is a fun addition and a great St. Patrick’s Day recipe. It’s referred to as freckle bread because of the raisins or currants that are sprinkled throughout.

(This makes one very large loaf)☘️

Prep time:15 minutes

Dough rising time: 40 minutes

Baking time:40 minutes

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.(after the dough has risen-see below)

For this recipe you will need:

hot water

2 Tbsp instant yeast

1 cup unbleached white flour + 4 1/2 cups unbleached white flour

1/3 cup maple syrup or honey

2 slightly beaten eggs

1 Tbsp Real Salt (or regular salt)

1/4 cup olive oil(or other type of cooking oil)

3/4 cup golden raisins (note: I have a child who doesn’t like raisins, so I have at times substituted cooked bacon and cooked onion for the raisins and currants)

1/2 cup dried currants

1 cup grated carrots

In a stand mixer or by hand mix thoroughly:

2 cups hot water

2 Tbsp instant yeast 

1 cup unbleached white flour

1/3 cup maple syrup or honey

Then add:

2 slightly beaten eggs

1 Tbsp Real Salt

1/4 cup olive oil(or other type of cooking oil)

3/4 cup golden raisins (note: I have a child who doesn’t like raisins, so I have at times substituted cooked bacon and cooked onion for the raisins and currants)

1/2 cup dried currants

1 cup grated carrots

Add 4 – 4 1/2 cups flour to the mixture to very slightly clean the sides of the bowl. If you add too much, it will be too dry- so just slowly add it at the last until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl as it is mixing. The dough should be sticky. Knead 5 minutes.

Shape into one free formed loaf or place in a large loaf pan. Put dough in a well oiled large bowl or loaf pan and set in a warm place with a damp tea towel over it to rise.

The dough after kneading and before rising:

It takes about 30-45 minutes in a warm place to rise to double in size:

If you’re making a free formed loaf, after the dough has risen, place it on a well oiled cookie sheet. I find it easiest to just put my well oiled cookie sheet on top of the bowl that the dough has risen in and then turn it all upside down and let the dough fall out onto the cookie sheet. I then shape the dough how I like it and put it in the oven.

Turn on the oven to 375 F. Bake for 30-35 minutes in the center of the oven. Enjoy!☘️. Enjoy this Irish Freckle bread with Slow Cooker Irish Stew and a Shamrock shake to complete your St. Patrick’s Day meal.

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Set your meal and mood to Celtic Music:

Relaxing Celtic Music

Instrumental Traditional Irish Music

Relaxing Celtic Harp Music

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Warmly,

Rachel

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