This St. Patrick’s Day I will be making this bread. I’ve looked at many recipes over the years & this one is what I always go back to. I got it from an Irish friend who liked to raise a glass of Jameson. Kindred soul of ours here at casa de confusion. Given I love this bread I made it the other day to have with our soup. It is simple, easy and beyond belief good.
Irish Soda Bread
4 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Cups Buttermilk
½ Cup of Butter
2 Tablespoons White Sugar
Sift all dry ingredients together. Create a little circle in the center of them (in your bowl) add softened butter & the buttermilk.
Mix together quickly, it won’t look like white bread with yeast. Instead it will look more like biscuit dough. In fact, the finished product if you asked my Hubby is like a perfect Irish biscuit bread showing how our own American heritage has been so deeply infused with all that is Irish even one has never thought of the rolling hills and lush land of Ireland.
Kneed it for no more than a minute. It does not need to be worked to death.
Then shape into a round cake (you could even bake it in a cake pan if you like). Put it onto a floured sheet pan (or in a cake pan) & carve a cross into the top of it.
Bake in a preheated over at 425 for 40 minutes
When it’s done fight family for a piece because you will find this to die for. Really. No. KIDDING. It’s perfect, it’s our heritage, even if we have not a drop of Irish blood in us. Whether we are here or there. Whether we fall back to the past, enjoy the present or look toward our future. This is a bread to break at the table with loved one, share stories and laughter over as family & friends from all backgrounds & cultures have down throughout the ages.