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.
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.
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.
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.