You can’t celebrate Saint Patty’s Day without enjoying a loaf of Irish soda bread! True to its name, this recipe calls for baking soda, rather than yeast, to help the dough rise.
A few years ago my daughter got this recipe from her hubby’s aunt; it’s the same family recipe that has been passed down since their ancestors began preparing it in Ireland. Although it’s already delicious as is, I made a few slight changes to her recipe. For example, I combined two different kinds of flour to make the bread a little softer. I baked it in a bread loaf pan because I love the presentation and it’s much easier to cut in uniform slices.
If you want, you can drizzle melted butter over the top of the loaf while still hot and fresh from the oven. It adds even more flavor and shine to the loaf. Try baking this delicious bread for yourself, and if there are any leftovers, cut into fine slices and re-heat in the oven until each piece is nice and toasty. Later, you can serve the toasted slices with butter and a little jam. Delicious!
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