Cooking Is A Science & I’m No Scientist, S1E9: “Good luck keeping this bread stocked in your pantry!” [VIDEO]

Nothing promises the luck o’ the Irish more than an Irish culinary classic. So it’s time to gather some family & friends ’round the Blarney Stone or a warm hearth for a loaf of Irish soda bread that’s sure to put a green grin on those rosy cheeks this St. Patrick’s Day.

Irish Soda Bread

Hearty & flavorful traditional Irish bread. Makes 1 loaf.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened 
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat the oven to 375° and grease a baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together  flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine butter until well combined. Then, stir in 1 cup buttermilk and egg.
  3. Put the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead very briefly, be careful not to over-mix. Form the dough into a round and place it on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together ¼ cup buttermilk and melted butter. Then, brush the loaf with this mixture and use a knife to cut an “X” shape into the top of the loaf.
  5. Bake the loaf for 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Rebecca Anderson is a culinary enthusiast for Oswego East High School’s online news magazine the Howl

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