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
- Preheat the oven to 375° and grease a baking sheet.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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