It’s been a family tradition for many years now that on St. Patrick’s Day I make corned beef, potatoes, and traditional Irish soda bread. Yum! I thought I’d share one of the Irish soda bread recipes that I use. This bread is really moist, unlike some of the other recipes I’ve tried where the bread is really dry. I switched up the original recipe I found a bit, added some rosemary, and it was delicious!!
Rosemary Irish Soda Bread
4 cups flour
4 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup softened butter or margarine
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk with 2 tsp. white vinegar added)
2 eggs (one for the dough, and one for an egg wash, where will you just use the white)
Fresh rosemary, chopped
1. Grease a baking sheet, and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, butter, and rosemary. I did this in my Kitchen Aid. Stir in the buttermilk and egg. (If you don’t have buttermilk, like I didn’t, just add a couple teaspoons of white vinegar to 1 cup of milk, and let it sit for a few minutes.)
3. Pat the dough into a round shape, flatten the top slightly, and place on the greased baking sheet. Brush on a slightly stirred egg white, and cut an X in the top of the loaf with a sharp knife. Bake the bread for about 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Recipe adapted from this recipe on allrecipes.com.
I hope you enjoy this bread as much as we did! The rosemary is optional, but I’m a sucker for any bread with fresh rosemary in it!
Does your family have a specific meal that you eat every St. Patrick’s Day? I’d love to hear!
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