I decided this St. Patrick's Day we needed an Irish-inspired dinner. I made a Guinness Beef Stew and this Irish Soda Bread was perfect to go with it. I admit though, I'm so spoiled with my breaker - I don't even know the last time I had to knead dough by hand. It was tough work!!
I was torn between which recipe to use. Whole milk or buttermilk? Caraway seeds and/or raisins? Sugar or no sugar? I decided to take ideas from a couple different recipes and see what would happen. It was dense, heavy and absolutely delicious! I'm glad I skipped the raisins and sugar, but I might add caraway seeds next time.
Irish Soda Bread
4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup low fat buttermilk
1. Preheat oven to 400. Put all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Stir in the buttermilk until dough just comes together.
2. Put dough on a well floured surface and knead until a large dough ball forms. Place dough on a baking sheet and, with a sharp knife, make a large 'x' in the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Enjoy!
See, I wasn't the only one who thought it was great!