It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day and I’ve got Irish food on the brain. Not only do I love March and spring but green is my favorite color so I always look forward to this time of year. I also look forward to classic, easy, no fuss recipes and Irish Soda Bread completely fits the bill.
According to the Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread, traditional soda bread contains only four ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda and buttermilk. Seems that we have Americanized this classic, humble bread by adding other fun ingredients like eggs, raisins, honey, nuts, etc.
I took their white soda bread recipe (from the link above) and just swapped with whole wheat which is why I’m not reproducing the recipe here. I did have to use more buttermilk than the recipe called for but that’s not a-typical in a bread recipe like this. Different locations, seasons and humidity can all play a part so just use enough until the dough comes together and resist the urge to knead this dough. I know, I know … it feels so right but soda bread can toughen so pull this one together with the least amount of handling.
I’ve used their recipe with all purpose flour, whole wheat pastry flour, whole wheat & everything in between and it works great. For me, I prefer the depth and chew of the whole grains. I love to have this with soup or just by itself with a hunk of Irish butter.
How do you take your Irish Soda Bread?