We are creatures of habit in these here parts. Once I find a theme meal that works for us, we tend to stick to it. Buche de Noel on Christmas, finger foods for New Years, and …. wait for it…. Irish Stew on Saint Patrick’s Day. Neither FishPapa nor I care for corned beef, so we avoid that American ritual and go to something simple: a hearty beef stew.
My kids eagerly look forward to the side dishes, however: Irish Soda Bread and Dubliner cheese. The Dubliner is a little bit of a splurge, but Costco usually has a fair price on it. It’s our once-a-year gig with Irish cheese.
The soda bread is super easy to mix up. It goes great with the Irish stew — and there are rarely leftovers.
Recipe: Irish Soda Bread
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup unbleached white flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons oil
- 1 cup buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In large mixing bowl, combine flours, baking soda and salt. Add oil and buttermilk. Stir until a sticky dough forms.
- Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Knead dough lightly and shape into a 6-inch round. With a sharp knife, cut an X in the top of the dough.
- Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Crust should be brown and will give a hollow sound when thumped.
- Enjoy warm with butter or a bit of cheese.
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