Many families like to celebrate with a traditional Irish Feast, which can mean anything from Corned Beef and Cabbage to Shepherds' Pie. Long story short, if there are potatoes, go for it. A popular and almost always present side dish is Irish Soda Bread, one of the greatest things ever for those of us who can't have a lot of yeast.
Because it's yeast free bread, we can make it quickly and easily, and it tastes great. Here is our family's favorite Irish Soda Bread Recipe:
|1.||Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.|
|2.||In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf.|
|3.||Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 30 to 50 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.|
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