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Celebrate your heritage or simply be Irish for the day and savor Irish Soda IMG_3196Bread.  This nourishing family tradition is served in our home for St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, or anytime a hearty bread is desired.  It’s perfect spread with butter to accompany soups and stews, for a snack or lunch topped with a slab of cheese, or with butter and jam and a hot cup of tea.  Try making a loaf- you’ll surprise yourself how quick and easy it is to make a good looking, satisfying  bread your friends and family will love!

*4 cups unbleached white flour         IMG_3172IMG_3164

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

2 cups buttermilk

Mix dry ingredients together.  Be sure your baking soda is fresh.   I replace mine often, and put the used box to good use as a cleaner.  Add the buttermilk and stir together quickly till dough forms a ball. Don’t worry if all of the flour doesn’t mix in.   Knead the dough and any remaining flour on lightly floured counter 8-10 times till smooth.  Smooth side up, place the dough in buttered 9 inch pie pan (you may of course use a buttered baking sheet – the pie plate for me is more of a guide for a round loaf).  Pat it down a bit.  Slash the dough with a knife, making a cross with 2 cuts.  Bake in 375 degree oven for 45-50 minutes. It will be nicely brown sometime before the 45 minutes, regardless I don’t pull it out earlier than 45 minutes nor do I bake it beyond 50 minutes.

The first quarter always disappears quickly!

The first quarter always disappears quickly!

*4 cups of whole wheat flour may be used but I have found a 50-50 mix is best if whole wheat is desired.   Although most of my family members favor whole wheat bread in general- they prefer white flour in their Soda Bread.

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