Irish Soda Bread

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Saint Patrick’s Day has never been a holiday that I get excited about. Since I don’t live in Ireland, to me it’s always seemed like a bit of an excuse for university students to go on a pub crawl. However, I’ve always wanted to (successfully) make Irish soda bread, so Saint Patrick’s Day seemed like the perfect excuse to try!

Soda bread is so easy to make, has very few ingredients, and is super quick to whip up. That said, I had a soda bread baking fail a few years ago wherein I tried to sub gluten free flour into a regular recipe. This does not work and I don’t recommend trying it! Feeling like I had a score to settle and maybe a little bit traumatized from the aforementioned bread fail, I was really concerned when I first took it out of the oven. It didn’t look very good, but I have to say it was delicious! To really take it up a knotch try it warm from the oven with a whipped basil butter. At the very least it will soak up some of the that green beer!

Canadian Living Traditional Irish Soda Bread

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk

In a large bowl mix together the sugar, flour, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the buttermilk.

Using your hands, mix the buttermilk and flour mixture to form a soft dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and lightly knead into a smooth ball.

Place the loaf onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Score the top of the dough with a large X and bake at 425 Fahrenheit for about 35 minutes. The bread is done when it is lightly browned and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

Whipped Garlic Basil Butter

Fry the garlic in olive oil on medium heat until just brown. In a medium bowl beat room temperature butter with an electric mixer until it feels light and creamy. Add sautéed garlic and basil and enjoy!