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This crusty, traditional Irish bread is a proud product of the peasant hearth -- and the most suitable companion to Irish Stew. Soda bread requires no rising time, as baking powder, baking soda, and buttermilk act as leaveners.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2004



Cook's Notes

Graham flour is coarser than regular whole-wheat flour, which also works. If you use the latter, substitute one-half cup wheat bran for one-half cup all-purpose flour.

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  • housecat
    16 MAR, 2013
    this is my favorite Irish soda recipe. I make it every year for ST. Patty's dinner. It's simple and tasty. We slather cold salted butter on the crust.
  • hanmee
    16 MAR, 2009
    Tastes great solo or with a "topping" of your choice (e.g. butter, honey butter). Pretty easy to make and reminds me of the bread we had in Ireland.
  • sweetpea44
    21 MAR, 2008
    I made this for my family for St.Patrick's Day! I must admit that the buttermilk had me less than thrilled to try this bread but I love almost anything thats irish so I had to try it! Surprisingly after the bread was baked and cooled I tasted it and you couldn't taste any trace of the buttermilk! It was so yummy and a big hit with my family. It's like a big biscuit, somewhat salty, and is just soo good... My Mother said it is very good with Jam...

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