Irish Soda Bread

Photo Credit: Amy Intriago

Over Spring Break, my mom and I decided to make some homemade Irish soda bread for St. Patrick’s day. We used a recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction, but there were plenty of other good recipes online. 

What makes soda bread special is that it uses buttermilk instead of yeast. Normally in bread, the yeast is what makes the bread rise. However, in soda bread, it’s actually the buttermilk’s reaction to the baking soda that causes the bread to rise, so no yeast is required. 

Something we didn’t expect is that all the buttermilk would be sold out in stores. Because buttermilk is crucial to the recipe, we decided to make our own buttermilk from scratch. To create your own buttermilk, you’re trying to sour the milk. To do this, you mix one tablespoon of lemon or lime juice for every cup of milk that you use. (It doesn’t matter which type of milk you use.) Let the sour milk sit for five minutes, then it’s good to use. 

The recipe was fairly easy, and really fun for a family project. It doesn’t take too long to prepare, and the final product is delicious, especially with some jam. My entire family loved it, which is saying a lot. This was a fun way to celebrate the holiday, but also something I can definitely see myself making again.