Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Irish Soda Bread
Irish soda bread is a classic St. Patrick’s Day treat, but the flavor can sometimes be a bit lackluster. So to amp up this old-fashioned recipe into something completely delectable, I knew exactly what it needed – Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolatey Dreams! By incorporating peanut butter chunks into a traditional soda bread dough, the result is a deliciously sweet loaf that has the authentic crumbly texture and malty taste of Irish soda bread, but with luscious swirls of dark chocolate peanut butter. So break out your Irish jig, and get baking! This bread is definitely worth dancing over.
- Yield:8-10 servings
- Prep Time:30 minutes
- Cook Time:40-45 minutes
- Total Time:1 hour 15 minutes
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon skim milk
1 teaspoon white vinegar
2 cups all purpose flour + extra flour for kneading
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
2 tablespoon salted butter, melted
shortening to grease
parchment paper for peanut butter chocolate chunks
In small saucepan melt the chocolate chips over low flame, about 2 minutes. Once melted, add in the peanut butter and vegetable oil, stirring until well combined. Next, pour mixture into parchment-lined baking dish, distributing evenly. Transfer to freezer and chill for at least 1 hour.
When chocolate/PB mixture has hardened, remove from freezer and chop into chunks, then return chunks to freezer until needed.
Pre-heat oven to 360°F. Amply grease round 9” baking pan, then set aside.
In a small bowl combine the skim milk and white vinegar, stirring gently. Allow ingredients to sit for 10 minutes until the milk begins to curdle.
Once the milk curdles, in large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt, whisking until mixed. Next, gently stir in the frozen chocolate chunks.
Slowly add the curdled milk to the flour mixture, stirring until your dough begins to take shape – If you need an extra tablespoon or two of plain milk during this step, that’s okay! Once dough has formed, transfer to floured surface and kneed several times before forming into a ball. While kneading the dough the peanut butter chunks will begin to melt and spread – You want this to happen! It’s a bit messy, but use the extra flour as needed to make forming a ball manageable. When ready, transfer dough to greased baking pan.
Cut an “X” into the top of the dough, then use a pastry brush to coat the entire surface with melted butter. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes until a toothpick comes out of the center clean and the top is browned and crisp. Slice and serve immediately, slathering with extra butter or peanut butter as desired.