By Eileen Iorio

St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us and what better way to celebrate Ireland’s patron saint, than through food? Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up on March 17th to homemade Irish soda bread? It’s easier than you think and only 5 ingredients! This recipe comes from Ireland’s most famous cook Darina Allen. For a gluten free recipe I can recommend, please see here.

Ingredients

3 1/2 cups of organic flour

1 tsp of baking soda

1 tsp of salt

14 oz of organic buttermilk

1/2 cup of raisins (optional)

Method

Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the buttermilk while mixing with your free hand. Add the raisins if desired. Ensure that all of the flour is incorporated into the buttermilk. It should be sticky and a soft consistency.

On a clean countertop, sprinkle some flour and pour the dough out to prepare for kneading. Gently knead the dough (tucking it under with your fingers) until it forms a smooth mound in a shape similar to the one you would like to achieve. Use extra flour as needed. With a sharp knife, cut an X in the top of the dough before it goes into the oven. This allows the bread to expand.

Place the dough on a floured baking tray and place in the oven for 15 minutes at 450 degrees, then lower the temperature to 400 degrees. Cook for a further 30 minutes. To test if it is done, remove it from the oven and gently tap the bottom of the bread – it should sound hollow.

Enjoy your delicious Irish soda bread with Kerrygold Irish butter and jam! Top o’ the morning to ya!

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