In honour of St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to whip up a loaf of my granny’s Irish soda bread. This is the first true “family recipe” that I have shared here and one of my most used recipes.
I could probably eat this bread everyday. In fact back in November, I did. For two weeks straight. I cooked a loaf on Sunday and took for lunch everyday with a slice of cheese. It was perfect for clandestine eating in my library carrel.
Which brings me to my top 4 ways for eating this soda bread:
(1) Fresh out of the oven, just plain.
(2) Slathered in butter.
(3) With a slice of Dubliner cheese.
(4) Topped with a teaspoon of blackberry jam.
Granny’s Soda Bread
From my Granny (Eileen Way)
Yield: 1 loaf
2 cups white flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups buttermilk (I use the 1% buttermilk)
Preheat oven to 375F.
Mix all of the dry ingredients together. Make a well in the centre, add the buttermilk and stir lightly until everything is combined.
Make into a flat loaf and cut an “X” in the top. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. (Note: If you are using an electric oven, place a pan of water on the lower rack to provide moist heat during cooking).