You know, I am actually very Irish…
Or I thought I was, but apparently I am more like twenty-five percent. My dad’s not sure, but all I do know is my grandma is very Irish and my oldest brother not only looks like he is right off the boat, but he’s got the red-blooded temper to prove it.
Sadly, I don’t know all that much about my heritage other than my great-grandmother came over from Ireland on a boat through Ellis Island (we actually have the trunk she brought over with her). She also made the most amazing Irish soda scones. Some day I hope to get my hands on that recipe, but it may take some time. Maybe next year?
I actually made this bread with no intention of posting the recipe because I feel like Irish Soda Bread is just so simple and everyone’s recipes are all very similar. But then it just turned out so good that I thought to snap some quickish photos before devouring the whole thing.
This recipe is a little different because I used my favorite beer bread recipe as a base, but also include the elements of classic Irish Soda bread.
The combo of both beer and buttermilk works awesome and the rye flour gives the bread an almost cracker like taste that is addicting.
And just like every other Irish Soda Bread or Beer Bread recipe it’s quick, easy and almost foolproof. And I only say almost because sometimes things like the baking soda accidentally get left out and then you end up with a dense rock instead of delicious bread. Yup, it happens to me too. Actually it’s happened more times than I care to admit.
Oh, and huge bonus – this bread is actually whole grain and still tastes totally amazing. Eat it toasted in the morning with some butter and jam, or slice it up and use it for sandwiches. Or just eat it fresh out of the oven and serve it with dinner. Gotta love that.
Seriously though, if there is one thing the month of March needs it soda bread. You just gotta do it.