Happy St. Patrick's Day! In honour of this Celtic holiday and my heritage, I'm celebrating. I don't go out drinking green beer or anything, but rather, wear green and feel lucky. Oh and like all holidays, I like to eat so I also like to have some traditional Irish food. Today's post celebrates Irish culture as it's all about Irish soda bread! It's quick, easy, and very tasty. You'll be able to knock out this bread quickly, which makes it even more appealing. There's also no yeast involved, and the ingredients are very sparse. Once you make it, you'll want to make it all the time!
You will need:
3 2/3 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 3/4 cup of buttermilk*
*If you don't have buttermilk, add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar to 1 3/4 cup of milk, and leave it for 5 minutes.
To start, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. In a mixer with a dough hook or a bowl if you're comfortable doing it by hand, add in all of your dry ingredients. Let them combine together, then add the buttermilk. Mix until everything comes together and starts looking like a ball of dough. You'll need to knead the bread for about a minute or so. Do this on a floured surface as the dough is quite sticky. Once it's shaped into a circle, cut a cross into the centre. The cross should extend to almost the outside edges, and should be fairly deep. Bake in the oven for about 20-15 minutes or until its golden brown.
This bread is best enjoyed warm with butter or as an accompaniment to a stew or soup. You can also add in a handful of raisins as that is also very traditional. This bread is definitely a crowd pleaser and perfect for a St. Patrick's Day feast!
(Kiss me I'm Irish! haha)