I swear I prepare this dish all year round—it was passed down to me by my Irish granny.

families like ours. No matter the season, this bread is always a favorite, but particularly on St. Patrick's Day, whether we're celebrating our Irish roots or just appreciating its humble simplicity. A generous dollop of butter or your favorite jam would be the perfect complement to its amazing crusty outside and rich, soft inside.
You can't go wrong with this multipurpose bread as a vehicle for the robust flavors of a hearty stew. It goes well with traditional Irish fare like corned beef and cabbage, but it also makes a delicious snack when paired with honey or aged cheddar cheese. Also, a simple yet filling breakfast is toasted Irish soda bread with a little butter.

The following ingredients are needed: - 4 cups of all-purpose flour, plus more flour for dusting - 1 teaspoon of baking soda - 1 teaspoon of salt - and 1 3/4 cups of buttermilk.
What to do:
1. Bring the oven temperature up to 425°F, or 220°C. Use a little dusting of flour or parchment paper to coat a baking sheet.
2. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a large basin and stir to combine.
Third, combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Pour the buttermilk into the well you have made in the middle. To make a soft dough that is neither too sticky nor too moist, combine the flour and buttermilk with a fork and whisk until just mixed.
4 Upon a surface that has been gently dusted with flour, transfer the dough. To form a circular loaf, lightly knead the dough a few times. The bread will turn up rough if you knead it for too long.
5. With a sharp knife, cut a deep X into the top of the dough, about an inch deep. Transfer the dough to the baking sheet that has been prepared. The bread will cook more evenly this way.
6. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake for 30–40 minutes, or until the bread becomes a golden brown color and sounds hollow when tapped.
7. Take the loaf out of the oven and set it on a wire rack to cool for a minimum of 10 minutes before cutting. Hot is the way to go.

Adaptations and Hints: -Combine the dry ingredients with a few tablespoons of sugar for a touch more sweetness.
- A If you want to make your bread taste more like you, feel free to add raisins, dried cranberries, or caraway seeds.
- A Quickly swap 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar with 1 3/4 cups of milk and let it settle for 5 minutes if you don't have buttermilk on hand.
- A Toasted leftover bread tastes even better the following day, so make sure to preserve it in an airtight container.
- A The handcrafted quality and affection that goes into each mouthful are more important than whether or not the bread is flawless. Have fun, everyone!


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