B is for Baking: Irish Soda Bread
Quite awhile ago now I was lucky enough to spend several years living in Boston while working on my Master’s degree. I made wonderful friends and fell in love with the amazing city. Of course, Boston is known for its large Irish population so it is no surprise that I made several good friends with Irish heritage. I acquired this great recipe for Irish Soda Bread from one of those dear friends and I absolutely love it. It is family recipe that has been passed down through generations. This bread is simple to put together, has just a touch of sweetness and is the perfect accompaniment to any Irish meal (or any meal, really). Now I want to share this great recipe with you!
I was curious about why this bread is called “soda bread” when there is no soda in the recipe. Traditional Irish soda bread contains only flour, baking soda, buttermilk and salt, but there are now countless variations. The “soda” part of the recipe I have shared comes from the baking powder which is partially made of sodium bicarbonate (aka baking soda). Interesting stuff, huh?
I do not usually add the caraway seeds to this recipe mostly because I have a toddler who is suspicious of anything seed-like in her food. I bet they would add great flavor though. I can’t wait for you to try this delicious recipe too. Let me know how it turns out for you and what you think. Enjoy!
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