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  • Writer's pictureZelda Benjamin

Not Your Traditional Soda Bread

I'm not a fan of using raisins when I bake. So, it goes without saying, I'm not a fan of traditional soda bread with raisins. I like raisins as a snack, especially covered with chocolate—just not cooked or baked in a recipe. So, why not make a soda bread I'd like to eat.

Soda bread is not difficult to make. There are only 4 basic ingredients—flour, baking soda , salt, and buttermilk. My version added 5 tbs butter, which makes everything taste better, 3 tbs brown sugar, and 3/4 cup chocolate chips.

Soda bread dates back to Native Americans who used pearl ash to leaven bread. Pearl ash is a natural form of baking soda. When bicarbonate soda was introduced in the UK in the 1830s, Irish Soda Bread was created. The name comes from the addition of bicarbonate soda.


2 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1cup buttermilk

mIx first 3 ingredients then make a well and add buttermilk

Shape into a disk 11/2 inches high

Cut and X in the middle with a knife

Bake at 450 10-15 minutes— should be brown and crusty on outside

Lower oven to 400 and bake for 20–25 minutes.

Stop by tomorrow for a delicious Baileys Brownie recipe

Shortbread is another great Saint Patrick's Day snack

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