Quick & Easy Traditional Irish Soda Bread

I don’t know why I get so excited about St. Patrick’s… i’m not Irish {although I am 1/4 Irish!} I don’t drink. I HATE getting pinched because I don’t own anything in the color green, and I can’t even spell lepricorn! Haha. But honestly, I do LOVE  Ireland and think it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world {esp.  since it’s on the same island as my home and all!} ;-) And I love good excuses to just celebrate! This weekend we’re going to the St. Patrick’s day parade in Spokane, which will be fun. But until then, I thought it might also be fun to theme my posts around rainbows and gold and green, and all things irish.

I have wanted to try making Irish Soda bread for a while now, and see what all the hype was about, so I thought St. Patty’s would give me a good excuse to try it. Until today, I thought it was called “soda” bread because it was made with soda {pop}! But it’s called that because of the baking soda which is in it {All 1 tsp of it!} I’m not making fun. I don’t think I have ever made a bread recipe that didn’t require yeast and lengthy raising and a whole lot of mess, so I am absolutely LOVING this recipe. It took 5 minutes to mix up, required 4 ingredients, and was SO fool proof and easy, I could make it everyday! So if you guys are looking for a good Irish Soda bread recipe this St. Patrick’s, look no further! You will love this, especially with some corned beef and colcannon.

Ingredients: {recipe adapted from lizthechef.com} 

4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1¾ cup buttermilk
butter for preparing the pan + for spreading!
Golden raisins to serve, if desired

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 425deg F. Grease and flour a round cake pan.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk for 2-3 minutes. Change the attachment to a dough hook, and “knead” for a minute more, until the ingredients come together to form a nice ball of dough. Place the dough into the prepared baking dish. Flatten with your hands, then score an X on the top of it. Cover with another round cake pan, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the top cake pan, and cook for an additional 15 minutes, until golden brown on top.

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