irish soda bread


in honor of st. patrick’s day (even though i am obviously not irish at all), i decided to make soda bread. this recipe turned out to be easy – i had the bread in the oven in about 15 minutes – and delicious. pair a slice with some homemade stew or soup and you’ll have the perfect comfort meal.

IRISH SODA BREAD (adapted from THIS recipe)

3 C all-purpose flour
1 C whole wheat flour
1 t baking soda
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 C margarine (i used Smart Balance)
1 C buttermilk
1 egg
1-2 T butter, melted

pre-heat oven to 375, grease a cookie sheet
in a large bowl mix together all dry ingredients and margarine
stir in buttermilk and egg
turn dough out on a floured surface and knead for a minute or two, form dough into ball
brush butter on to, score large X across dough ball
bake for 45 minutes

*i didn’t have any buttermilk handy, so i added 1 T white vinegar to 1 C milk – wait 5 minutes and you’ll have buttermilk!
*also, because of the whole wheat flour, you may have to add an extra splash of buttermilk – play it by ear.