Irish Soda Bread

The holiday season has officially ended for me.

My favorite REAL holiday, that is. 

Anyone who knows me knows that the Super Bowl is a holiday to me, and constitutes as my favorite holiday of all time.  But, St. Patrick’s Day, being a faithful Irish girl, is a close second.

There are a few recipes I’ve been wanting to get to that make me think of Irish food, and this is one of them.

I’ve wanted to try Irish Soda bread for a while now.  I love making quick breads because I’m a huge carb-fiend who can’t wait for yeast breads to rise and rise, and then rise some more.

Now, at the risk of sounding completely ridiculous, I have to admit that I didn’t know what exactly the ‘soda’ meant in Irish Soda bread.  To be honest, I thought Ireland had completely different ideas about what soda was, and I fretted over the idea of trying to find Irish Soda.  I know, I’m kind of an airhead sometimes.  Imagine my relief when I found out I had all the ingredients I would need right in my pantry!

This bread is dense and moist and slightly sweet.  For my first foray into Irish Soda bread making, I would say I was very successful!

Irish Soda Bread

4 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 tbsp. baking powder

1 tbsp. baking soda

1 cup milk

1/2 cup melted butter

1 egg

Preheat oven 350F.

Mix all of the ingredients together, starting with the dry and ending with wet ingredients, in a bowl until a dough forms.  You may need a little extra flour to keep the dough from sticking to your hands. 

Form a round with the dough and place on a greased cookie sheet.  Use a knife to score an ‘X’ in the top of the dough.

Bake for 1 hour.

Cut into slices and serve hot.

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