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One of the most well known Irish foods is soda bread. Served warm out of the oven or lightly toasted, this is one
of the most comforting and tasty teatime treats around.
Yeast be gone: True to its name, soda bread uses baking soda as a leavener that is activated by buttermilk.
Beyond these two standard ingredients, variations--including the sweeter, raisin-laden "tea breads"--abound.
It shocks some people to learn that Irish Soda Bread hasn't been around for thousands of years. It wasn't until
around the 1840's that bicarbonate of soda (Bread soda)
as a leavening agent was introduced to Ireland.
The basic soda bread is made with flour, baking soda,
salt, and soured milk (or buttermilk).
Traditionally a cross was cut into the dough, which
helped in the even baking of the bread and assisted
in the quartering of the loaf afterward.
We baked this Irish treat around St. Patrick's Day.
Irish Soda Bread