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.
- 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 – 1 ¼ 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.