And that means Saint Paddy's Day!
This year it also means Easter!
My very favorite thing to make in the month of March is Irish Soda Bread. A few years ago, I set out to make a really great version of this bread...and I came up with an awesome recipe!
This recipe is honestly the BEST Irish Soda Bread I've ever had!
Irish Soda Bread tends to be dry...this recipe is NOT!
I tend to want to eat Irish Soda Bread with a ton of butter...you do not need any butter for this bread! I promise!
- 4 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 stick butter, cut into small cubes
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp water
Now Let's Make the Irish Soda Bread:
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a large baking sheet pan with parchment paper
- In a large mixing bowl place 4 cups of flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 tbsp baking soda, and 1 tsp salt. Whisk these ingredients together
- Add the cubed butter (very cold - it should be right out of the fridge) and use your *clean* hands to incorporate the butter into the dry mixture until crumbly
- Use a wooden spoon to stir in the raisins
- Pour the buttermilk in and mix with spoon until dough forms
- Turn out dough onto floured surface and shape into a ball
- Divide ball into two even halves and shape each half into a round loaf - place onto prepared baking sheet
- Use a knife to score a cross into the top of each loaf
- Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes until tops of loaves are golden brown
- Place 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tbsp water into a bowl
- Heat in microwave for 30 seconds
- Use a pastry brush to brush tops of loaves with the sugar water while bread is still warm from the oven (I did two coats of the sugar water on each loaf - I still had a little bit left)Store in an airtight container and eat in 1-2 days!