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Irish Soda Bread @UpsideDownPear

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! I hope you’re having fun (and staying safe!). What should you have to go with that green beer of yours? This awesomely easy Irish soda bread, of course! You should not be scared by this just because it’s called a bread. There’s no yeast, and it’s incredibly easy. In fact, everything is put together in one bowl, and it’s ready in less than an hour.

Irish Soda Bread @UpsideDownPear

This bread is perfect for any stews, corned beef and cabbage, or shepherd’s pie you may be enjoying on this fabulously Irish day. It’s a great bread for soaking up all the sauce or gravy, and also pairs well with soups. I surprised myself with a super savory shepherd’s pie the other day, and this bread was the perfect companion with its crumbly dense inside and crunchy crust.

Irish Soda Bread @UpsideDownPear

One word of caution is that you do not overwork this bread. It is a fairly dense bread to begin with, but overworking it will cause it to become tough. You want to mix the buttermilk in until just all the flour is moist. I found this bread to be quite sticky, so make sure you keep extra flour out for your hands. You’ll need this when you go to shape the loaf.

Irish Soda Bread @UpsideDownPear

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also add raisins or other nuts and berries to the dough. I might try some in the future, but for now I just wanted to keep things simple. Enjoy this fresh with a hot slice of Kerrygold butter, since there’s just nothing more Irish than that.

Irish Soda Bread @UpsideDownPear

Irish Soda Bread

  Irish Soda Braed
 
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 1 hour
Makes: 1 loaf
 
Ingredients:
4 cups of white whole wheat flour, plus extra for dusting
1 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of baking soda
2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
3 tablespoons of butter, cold
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 and 1/2 cups of buttermilk
 
Directions:
1) Preheat the oven to 375° F. Place a siltpat or other nonstick sheet on top of a cookie sheet.
2) Sift the flour into a large bowl. Add in the salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
3) Cut in the butter until the dough becomes coarse crumbs.
4) Slowly pour in the buttermilk and gently stir until it becomes a soft dough.
5) Place the dough on the nonstick sheet and shape into a round ball. Cut an X on the top and dust lightly with flour.
6) Bake for 35-45 minutes. The bread is ready when it is golden brown, it should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

 

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