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Get in the Spirit with Irish Soda Bread

Try this easy and quick bread recipe for Saturday's St. Patrick's Day holiday.

For those who don't know, traditional Irish soda bread includes only four basic ingredients, and gets its name from its leavening agent -- baking soda.

The bread is quick and easy to make, and is a fantastic complement to either Irish stew or your corned beef and cabbage. My husband Brian and I used our slices to mop up all the Guinness broth from the stew I made this weekend.

To make this recipe you'll need the following:

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

To start, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir together. Add  the buttermilk and mix it all together with a large spoon (or with your hands) until the dough comes together. The dough should be moist, but not so sticky that it is hard to handle. Shape the dough into a round and place it on your parchment covered baking sheet. Cut an "X" into the top of the dough round with a sharp knife and bake for about 45 minutes, or a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before slicing. This bread is best served soon after baking and can be served with jam, or used to mop up the juices from your stews.

Looking for other traditional dishes to serve? Try these:

  • Irish Cocktails (including a Irish cream coffee, Irish Blonde and an Irish Carbomb shooter)
Neal Charness March 18, 2012 at 04:03 AM
I wouldn't even think of baking a bread but the best Irish Soda bread I've ever tasted is made by the Great Harvest Bakery in Commerce. Each Great Harvest does their own thing with certain recipes and no one comes close.
Ann March 18, 2012 at 08:43 PM
So glad to see someone with a passion for authentic soda bread. It's the perfect match for some excellent fresh butter or smoked salmon. The Society for the Preservation of Soda Bread shares your commitment to the real thing: http://www.sodabread.info/Recipes/sodabreadrecipes.htm

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