Easy Irish Soda Bread: No Kneading Required

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Found this just in time for St. Patty’s Day!

I love bread. But dag-nap-it, the process takes so long! If only there was a recipe for quick bread….

But wait–there is! Never fear–Irish Soda Bread is here!

This bread takes at most 20 minutes to assemble, and 1 hour to bake. Emphasis: NO KNEADING REQUIRED. :) Sound too good to be true? Try it to find out!

P.S. Makes good sandwich bread, too!

IRISH SODA BREAD

Makes one loaf (I doubled for 2 loaves)

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (or 2 cups all purpose + 1 cup whole wheat flour)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup white sugar (I reduced to 1/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I reduced to 3/4 tsp)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (I just realized I completely forgot this! Haha…)
  • 1 egg at room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk (I used 2% milk)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter (make sure the butter is cooled completely before adding! Otherwise it will scramble the eggs). Pour into prepared pan.
3. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean (I baked mine for 55 minutes which was perfect). Cool on a wire rack in pan. Wrap in foil for several hours, or overnight, for best flavor.

Due to the moistness of this bread, store in the refrigerator.

adapted from allrecipes.com

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