St. Patrick’s day is here, time for soda bread, corned beef, cabbage and car bombs (I’ll share these amazing cupcakes tomorrow, I promise!)

Soda Bread is a quick bread that is super easy to make.  Traditionally  it has four basic ingredients – flour, baking soda, buttermilk and salt – with the baking soda serving as a leavener.   The reaction between the baking soda and buttermilk produces carbon dioxide bubbles causing the dough to rise.

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The result is a dense, moist and hearty bread – perfect for soaking up a smooth potato soup or the juice from corned beef and cabbage.

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Many recipes you find today are made with sugar, butter or eggs, and flavored with currants or caraway.  These help enhance the flavor and texture of the bread – and this is what my family prefers.

Whichever way you like your Soda Bread grab your kids head into the kitchen and make this yummy bread, it is great any time of year!

Irish Soda Bread4 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, cold cut into 1″ cubes
1 egg
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

In large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
Cut butter into flour, mix until combined and looks like coarse sand.
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In large measuring cup stir buttermilk and egg together then add to flour mixture. Mix until just combined, do not over mix or bread will be tough.
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Dump mixture onto parchment lined baking sheet, shape into round loaf. Lightly cut an X into top of loaf – this will help to release moisture as it bakes.

Bake 40-45 minutes or until cake taster comes out clean, bread will sound hallow when lightly tapped.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May the luck of the Irish be with ya!

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