Learn how to make Irish soda bread for St. Patrick's Day celebrations

For many, Irish soda bread is simply the taste of home, but the Irish staple recipe is also an international favorite, especially around St. Patrick's Day.

Read More: Northern Irish comfort food - a soda bread farl recipe

The soda bread recipe was first introduced to Ireland during the 1840s. A traditional product of a poor country, soda bread it was made with only the most basic of ingredients: flour, baking soda (instead of yeast), soured milk to moisten and activate the soda, and salt.

Perhaps it is the fact that bread-making was so much a part of daily life in Ireland that makes the recipe, the smell, and the taste so special to Irish people.

Read More: How Blaa bread, an adaption of a French refugee bread, became an Irish specialty

In rural areas, where homes were more isolated, most kitchens had open hearths and the bread would be cooked on griddles or in three-legged black iron pots, over the turf fires. The resulting loaf was tender and dense, with a sour tang and a hard crust.

The bread was quite perishable and so every two or three days another loaf would be made and the smell of fresh bread again wafting through the house.

How to make Irish soda bread for St. Patrick's Day

Imagine, a nice cuppa tea and some homemade bread for St. Patrick's Day. Get the full recipe here: http://irsh.us/2mMkldc

Publiée par IrishCentral.com sur Jeudi 16 mars 2017

Irish Soda Bread Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 cups low-fat buttermilk 
  • Cooking spray

Read More: Brown bread ice cream recipe

How to make Irish Soda Bread:

Preheat oven to 450F.

Combine the flours, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.

Mix thoroughly.

Make a well in the center of mixture.

Add buttermilk to flour mixture; stir until blended (dough will be sticky).

Turn dough out onto a generously floured surface. Knead lightly 4 to 5 times.

Shape dough into an 8-inch round loaf; place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.

Bake at 450 for 15 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 400 and continue to bake for another 15 minutes, or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath.

Cool on a wire rack. Simple and delicious!

Healthy tip: To reduce calories simply use low-fat buttermilk instead of full-fat buttermilk.

Read More: Brown bread as your mother made it for National Bread Week

What's your favorite St. Patrick's Day recipe? Share in the comments!

Learn how to make Irish soda bread for St. Patrick's DayiStock