Traditional Irish Soda Bread Recipe

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One of the favorite bread recipes of the Irish, this traditional bread loaf is served with almost any meal for any occasion. Like many Irish breads, baking soda is used as the leavening agent rather than yeast.
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  • 2 1/4 cups white flour (more if needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg
15 mins
45 mins
1 hr
  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • In a large bowl, mix together baking soda, salt, and baking powder.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together milk, butter, honey and egg. Stir liquid ingredients into flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Dough should hold a formed shape--if not, gradually add a little flour until you can shape the dough into a mound 6" around.
  • Place dough on baking sheet that has been covered with parchment paper. Spray parchment paper with cooking oil. Take a sharp knife and make an X on the top of dough.
  • Bake 45 minutes, or until the bottom sounds hollow when thumped.
  • Cool slightly before serving.

Note: The bread is best when eaten the day it is made. Serve it with butter and honey.
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