I baked my last loaf of Irish soda bread for this season yesterday, the day after St. Paddy’s!
I love the preparation – buying the currants, finding organic buttermilk, looking for wonderful fresh butters from around the planet. I use organic sweet cream butter to make the bread, and this year used Danish butter and Kerrygold Irish butter liberally spread on it for eating.
It’s an easy and fun bread to make – nowhere near as complicated as my mostly-vegan Christmas bread. Mix all the dry stuff up, cut in the butter, add the currants and then, very fast, whisk in the buttermilk. Pat it out into a buttered pan, mark it with a cross….perhaps pat-a-cake came from this!
I’ve been making it for a week, sharing halves and wholes with folk I’ve been with – and eating a fair share myself. Took one to the parade on Saturday, so we’d have something to tide us over ’til the parade actually started – but that’s another entry.
Happy Green Time – I’ll bake yours for you next year!