I will pretty much use any excuse to eat bread.
Soup for lunch? Need bread.
Hot outside? Could use some bread.
BLT looking sad on a plate with no carbs? Bread.
So it’s no surprise that as St. Patty’s Day approaches, I felt the undeniable urge to bake bread.
“More baking?! Are you insane?”
Yes. Except not really, because Irish soda bread is perhaps the easiest bread in the world to make. You don’t need any fancy equipment, just a bowl and a wooden spoon. Mix everything up, knead the dough for a few minutes to shape into a smooth ball, then bake and reap the benefits of your Irish heritage!
Okay, no, I’m not actually Irish, but whenever I wear green clothes people take one look at my fair skin and reddish-brown hair and start looking at me like I’m a leprechaun. (True story: I get asked if I’m Irish all the time.)
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter using a fork or pastry cutter.
Stir in raisins and buttermilk until dough is evenly moistened.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Form into a 6-inch ball, then bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
Happy Drinking — I mean St. Patty’s Day!
Irish Soda Bread
*Recipe from Gimme Some Oven.
Yields: 1 small loaf
Time: 5 min prep, 35 min cooking
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup raisins or dried currants
- 3/4 cup buttermilk (reduced-fat)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a small cookie sheet. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in butter with a fork or pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in raisins and buttermilk until the dough is evenly moistened.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth. Shape into a 6-inch ball and place on a cookie sheet. With a sharp knife, cut a 1/4-inch deep cross on top of the dough.
- Bake 30-40 minutes, or until the dough is just cooked through and the top is a light golden brown.