I’ve tried several recipes for Irish Soda Bread, and this is by far my favorite. It bakes up into such a beautiful loaf that I can hardly believe it isn’t a yeast bread. And it’s so incredibly easy, especially if you’re impatient like me and don’t want to wait around for the dough to rise. Seriously, you can have a gorgeous loaf of homemade bread on the table in about an hour, from start to finish. My family loves it too!
Like so many delicious breads, Irish Soda Bread is the product of a poor country, made with only the most basic ingredients. Legend has it that the cross was cut on the top before baking to ward off the devil and protect the household. Irish soda bread often has raisins or currants in it, so feel free to add that if you’d like. For some reason, I tend to only make it near St. Patrick’s day, but it’s so simple and delicious I really ought to make it more often.
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