This St. Patrick’s Day I am cooking up the traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage with lots of potatoes. I finally got a crock-pot so making this dish is so much easier to prepare. I really don’t know why I make it every year. I'm not really a big fan of corned beef. I think maybe I do it because that’s what my Grandma does every year. Just smelling it reminds me of being at her house for dinner on St. Patrick’s Day.
Grandma would also make Irish soda bread or sometimes beer bread. Since I love bread in any form I decided to make a loaf. I think it came out pretty respectable and tastes pretty similar to hers. I’d have asked my Grandma for her recipe but she has the pesky habit of not going by a recipe! My momma does this too and as a result, it makes it really hard to duplicate their cooking. I think they do it on purpose to keep you coming back for more. Nothing gets me home faster than Mom saying she has a pot of chicken and dumplings ready to eat!
I found this recipe for Traditional Irish Soda Bread on the bakingsheet blog. It‘s so so simple to make and requires only four ingredients! I was very pleased with the bread that came out of the oven. It taste almost like a biscuit and was wonderful with butter and honey! One tip though, don't score it like I did!
Traditional Irish Soda Bread as seen on the bakingsheet
|flour, baking soda, salt and butter milk...not a lot of hassle!|
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 - 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
Your first step is to get the oven preheated to 350 degrees and to get out a pan and line it with some parchment paper.
The you want to combine all dry ingredients and stir together, or you can use a whisk like I did which is much easier!
Add your buttermilk and mix until the dough comes together. I ended up just using my hands to mix the dough together.
Don't over mix the dough. It should be moist, but not so sticky that it's very hard to handle.
|I really suggest going with an 'X' at this step...|
|...Unless you like spaceship shaped bread!|