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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Irish Soda Bread

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I decided to top off my Irish celebration this week with Irish Soda Bread. I’ve never had Irish Soda Bread, and, I must admit, I didn’t really know what it was.   I searched the internet and found several recipes; some traditional and some not so traditional.

I settled on a traditional Irish Soda Bread using only flour, salt, baking soda and buttermilk.  It only took a few minutes to mix together and it was in the oven in no time.  Now, this isn’t a pretty bread, but it tasted fantastic!   We slathered it with some plain butter, but I bet it would taste great with some jam too.  We'll try that next time, because there will be a next time.

Traditional Irish Soda Bread
(Printable Recipe)

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 – 1 1/4 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir together. Add 1 cup of buttermilk and mix with a large spoon until the dough comes together. Add more buttermilk to get a moist, but not overly sticky, dough.

Shape into a round and place on baking sheet. Cut an X into the top with a sharp knife and bake for about 45 minutes, until golden.  A toothpick will come out clean.

Cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before slicing.  This bread is best served soon after baking.

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  1. Our plan last year was for a traditional soda bread, but the breadmaker added a stick of butter by mistake and it didn't turn out too traditional. I'll try to convince her to try again today with this recipe. Thanks for posting it.

  2. I like easy. Better yet, I like no yeast.

    Sounds good!

  3. I had no idea it was that easy! Love breads that don't have to rise - you could even do it on a week night - thanks!

  4. I really wanted to make Irish soda bread this year. Never got to it=/

  5. You have two irish soda bread recipes posted, which one do you recommend? They are very similar.


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