So every year I do a post on 17 or 7 Irish heroes in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, and each post I mention how I will be making Irish Soda Bread.
It is so good-and I usually spend the rest of the week eating the bread for breakfast with my tea.
So this year I decided it is time for me to actually share the recipe I use, borrowed from my sister blog MysteriousEats.wordpress.com, so you can make your own for the holiday.
- 2.5 Cups of All-Purpose Flour, plus extra for later
- 2 Tablespoons of Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
- 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
- 3 Tablespoons of Butter
- About 1 Cup of Buttermilk
- Additional Butter, Softened
- Heat Oven to 375 degrees F.
- Grease cookie sheet with shortening.
- Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
- Cut in 3 tablespoons of butter, using a pastry blender or crisscrossing two knives, until mixture looks like fine crumbs.
- Stir in just enough buttermilk so dough leaves the side of the bowl.
- Place dough on a lightly floured surface, gently roll the dough to coat.
- Knead 1 to 2 mins, or until smooth.
- Shape into a round loaf, about 6.5 inches in diameter.
- Place on the cookie sheet. Cut an X shape about 1/2 inch deep through loaf with floured knife.
- Bake 35-45 mins or until golden brown.
- Remove from cookie sheet.
- Brush with additional softened butter.
- Cool completely, about 30 mins, before cutting.
It was delicious! I ended up making two (gotta use up that buttermilk) one for me and one for my Sunday School class. I wasn’t sure the kids would like the bread, but they surprised me and ate almost the whole entire thing.
One thing that I find fascinating is that the the “X” you cut into the bread traditionally was supposed to represent a cross. With the cross on the bread, and bread representing the body of Christ- Irish Soda Bread always makes me think of communion and The Last Supper. Maybe I should make it for Good Friday this year as well?
Well if you make it for Saint Patrick’s Day or just to eat, for yourself or others-I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! 🙂 I can’t stop eating it.
And an early-Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
For more bread recipes, go to Slow-Cooker Bread
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