Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Leave it to the Irish to make an amazing loaf of bread using ingredients I guarantee you already have in your pantry!
In past years I’ve made most of the traditional St. Patty’s Day foods, corn beef and cabbage, green desserts, and even done the whole green beer thing! This year though, I was at a local grocery store and they were sampling some Irish soda bread, it was so good! I’ve never had Irish soda bread before and I loved the slightly bitter taste of it complemented by the sweet raisins mixed into it! The other great thing about this bread is that you don’t have to mess with yeast or Dutch ovens, I made this bread all with basic ingredients I already had in my pantry and cooked it on a baking sheet! So, Happy St. Patty’s Day and here’s our quick and easy recipe for Irish soda bread!
- 4 ¼ cups flour
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 ¾ cup milk
- 1 ½ tbsp. lemon juice or vinegar
- 1 egg
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 1 cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 450°. Mix flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda together in a large mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix the milk and lemon juice (or vinegar) together and let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk in the egg and set aside.
- Next, cut the butter into the flour mixture using your hands until it is all worked in and then add in your raisins.
- Then make a well in the center of your flour mixture and pour your milk and egg mixture into the well and stir until dough is too stiff to stir.
- Lightly flour a cleaned surface and your hands and transfer your dough, knead until the dough is just formed into a ball, do not overwork! Next, shape into a round loaf and transfer it onto a greased baking sheet. (Dough should be slightly sticky)
- Use a knife so score an X about an inch deep into the top of the loaf to help it cook evenly and cook in the oven for 35-45 min. Bread is done when a long skewer can be placed into the center and come out clean.
- Serve bread warm or at room temperature.