Chocolate Cherry Chubbies…. an Irish soda bread recipe

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An old shop front in the City *

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I made these Chubbies a couple of weeks ago when I was working with Mrs Hennessy on a number of Irish recipes for a newspaper spread but did not feature them at the time.

I used an Irish soda bread recipe and added chocolate and maraschino cherries. They are very! rustic in appearance, certainly not suitable for an elegant tea party but will be great if you have young kids especially or if you have a craving for something sweetish and not too indulgent as they are satisfying and wholesome. Freshly baked, straight out of the oven with a cup of hot tea, they were marvelous and it was not necessary to spread them with butter or jam but of course this is up to personal taste. I used an extra large cutter and to make them as chubby as possible and you will need:

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4 cups self raising flour
4 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup butter, cut into cubes
1 cup buttermilk or yoghurt
1 egg
1 cup chocolate powder
200g maraschino cherries
Cocoa powder or drinking chocolate for dusting

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
In a large bowl, rub together the flour and butter until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the salt, baking soda, sugar coco powder. Stir in the buttermilk or yoghurt and egg. Add the cherries and form the dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and use a large cutter to make your chubbies. Dust with powdered chocolate.
Bake in preheated oven until a skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean for about 45 minutes. Serve fresh or split and toasted the day after.

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*Photo by Ari

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