After being sick for nearly a full week, I’m finally here with a great Irish recipe for you all for the Old Fashioned Recipe Exchange this week! I’ve been making this bread for 18 years now, and it’s ALWAYS yummy!! It’s fast, yummy and rustic, and always hits the spot! The Irish still eat this bread often, and it’s sister, Brown Bread, and I learned to love it and make while I lived in Ireland as a missionary. Let your kids join in and help you make this recipe for St. Patrick’s Day – they’ll have a lot of fun joining in! I love the way the best Irish recipes came from the idea of just making do with whatever you have on hand. When they didn’t have yeast, they made Soda bread. It’s absolutely perfect paired with Shepherd’s Pie/Mince and Potatoes and Irish Stew, updated recipe and photos here, more make-do recipes, and Bewley’s TEA! So whip up a loaf and enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day!
P.S. You’ll notice that I don’t put currants or raisins in my bread, they’re fine other ways, but not in this bread, for me.
Irish Soda Bread
3 cups plain or all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp soda
2 tbl sugar
2 Tbl COLD butter
3/4 cup buttermilk (or add 1 Tbl white vinegar to regular milk and let it sit for a few minutes)
**Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheet or whatever pan you’re using, OR use parchment paper. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and sugar. Cut butter into the dry ingredients with a fork or pastry blender, until it resembles course crumbs. In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix the milk and egg together, then work into the dry ingredients. Lightly knead (but don’t over knead it) until smooth on a lightly floured surface, shape into a smooth, round loaf and place on baking pan. Cut a long x in the loaf with a sharp knife. Bake for 35-40 minutes until just golden. Enjoy!
**It slices better the next day, but who can resist a warm piece?!
**I usually have to use a whole cup of milk in our warm, dryer climate.
**Serve with butter, jam or cheese…and Bewley’s TEA!
Now I just need to get some cheddar cheese into this house!
* Testing with my adorable gift from my sweet and wonderful gift-finding cousin-in-law:
*Manufactured “buttermilk” all bubbly from the vinegar and curdling:
*Milk and egg mixture:
Adding the milk to the dry:
* Shaping the loaf and cutting the x:
* Finished product:
We love Ireland so much, we decided to marry on the closest weekend to St. Patrick’s day and had an Irish theme complete with an Irish kilt, shamrock plant centerpieces, shamrocks on our cake and ceili dancing!
How do you like to celebrate Ireland on March 17th?