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.
Beer and Rye Irish Soda Bread.
- Yields: 1 LOAF
- Preparation time: 10 minutes
- Cook time: 45 minutes
- Total time: 55 minutes
- 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 cups rye flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup stout beer (I used guinness) + more if needed
Preheat the oven 400 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl combine the whole wheat flour, rye flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Add the buttermilk and 1 cup of beer. Stir until the dough comes together into a ball. If the dough seems too dry add a splash more of beer. The dough should be slightly sticky.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and kneed into a rough ball or football shape. Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with a little flour and use a sharp knife to score a cross on the top of the dough.
Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the loaf has almost doubled in size and sounds hollow when tapped. Allow to cool a few minutes, slice and serve. Bread can be reheated or used for morning toast.
*From my favorite [beer bread | http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/5-ingredient-beer-bread/] + soda bread sort of adapted from [Top With Cinnamon | http://www.topwithcinnamon.com/2014/02/cranberry-pecan-rye-soda-bread.html]. Check hers out. It’s awesome.