Irish Soda Bread is a traditional bread served on St. Patrick’s Day, it has a hint of orange and is full of dried cranberries. And unlike a yeast bread, this Irish Soda Bread is heavy and dense, but delicious!
This is what the Society of Preservation of Soda Bread has to say about Irish Soda Bread “Just like the bagpipes weren’t invented by the Scots, Soda Bread wasn’t invented by the Irish. The earliest reference to using soda ash in baking bread seems to be credited to American Indians using it to leaven their bread. Pearl Ash was used prior to 1800 to make cakes by combining it with an acidic ingredient in the dough. However, as the Scots have made the bagpipe their instrument, the Irish have made Soda Bread theirs. Not by choice, but by a state of poverty that made it the easiest bread to put on the table.”
I’ve seen many variations of Irish Soda Bread, but I love it with dried cranberries and orange zest. There is something about the combination of cranberries and orange that is so refreshing.
While most breads have yeast to make them light, Irish Soda Bread does not contain yeast, so it is a heavy, dense bread, but very good! The ingredients are simple; flour, sugar, soda, salt, eggs, buttermilk, butter and the additional of orange zest and dried cranberries make it a delicious bread.
Here are a few more St. Patrick’s Day Side Dishes and Salads you may like…
- Loaded Red Potatoes
- Irish Soda Bread
- Rainbow Fruit Skewers and Dip
- Fried Smashed Potatoes
- Corned Beef, Potatoes and Cabbage Salad
- One Bowl Cheddar Biscuits from Kraft
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