Easy, frugal and it comes together in a snap:  It’s Irish Soda Bread.  You know those Irish mothers didn’t have time to mess around!

Like I say in my live-recorded vid below – real Irish soda bread contains only flour, salt, leavening agents and buttermilk.  Mix it with a spoon, roll the dough around enough to make a nice ball (it will be sticky on the inside), bake it at a high heat to crisp the outside, and you’ll have bread for your family in about 40 minutes total.

Recipe:

4 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 cups buttermilk

Bake at 400 degrees, F for 30-35 minutes.
Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl.   Add the buttermilk and stir, combining more and more flour mixture as you go.

The sodium bicarbonate will react with the baking soda to create an effervescent fizz.  That’s what rises the bread.  It’s a “quick bread”, not a “yeast bread”.

Mix until you have a nice ball of dough…

Turn out onto a floured surface and turn it over several times.  I recommend watching the vid.  You’ll see how easy it is!

Transfer the dough to a pan lined with parchment paper, and score the top with an “x”….
It’s best FRESH out of the oven.


Serve it with a little sweet cream butter and eat it right away!

Shannon Vavich

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