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Irish Soda Bread

Do you like bread?

Silly question.

I had to hide this side from the first two shots.  There was no way I could let this warm loaf of bread go untouched until after the photos were finished.



If you’ve never had Irish soda bread, this is very true to the original texture.  However, the flavor is slightly different because of the flours used.  It has a much nuttier flavor from the quinoa + millet, but not in an overpowering way.  It actually smells stronger than it tastes.

There is no hope for me with this bread sitting in my kitchen.

And it’s the perfect vessel for a slab of butter.

Thick.  Crusty.  Dense + doughy.

With a side of eggs.

Quite the nutritious lunch.  This bread is packed with fiber, protein, and iron thanks to the quinoa and millet flours.

By the time lunch was over, I had consumed 1/4 of the entire loaf.  That is no joke.

I can’t even explain how excited this simple recipe makes me.

No yeast.  No needing.  No blending.  No creaming.  Only a handful of ingredients and just minutes to mix together.

It’s Wednesday.  You need some bread.

  1. Check here for the post on this amazing GF Irish soda bread.  I searched through a few recipes but this definitely stood out as the easiest recipe and best textured looking loaf.  Plus, I had all of the ingredients.  [baking note: For some reason my loaf was really wet and I had to add about 3/4c extra flour and bake for 10min longer.  This could be due to a few things like: grinding my own flour, the size of farm fresh eggs, making my own buttermilk with 2% + lemon juice, etc.  But just a heads up if this happens to you!]

  2. If you aren’t gluten free, check this recipe for Irish Brown Bread.  It’s just as easy and just as delicious.  I made it a few years back and loved it.

  3. Besides more bread, I would LOVE one of Jessica’s Brown Butter Oatmeal Chunk Cookies.  Just take a look at them and you will see what I mean.  Someone gluten free those for me.  Please!?

  4. I need a waffle maker.  Right now.

  5. It’s in the 70’s here all this week.  This is extremely odd.  I know we haven’t seen the last of the snow!

  6. A smoothie for all of you banana haters.


Reader Comments (14)

I grew up with so many women who made fabulous Irish Soda Bread and yours looks incredible.

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAverie @ Averie Cooks

i love irish soda bread, but haven't had it since going gluten-free years ago. thanks for guiding us to this recipe!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin

I just made gf soda bread yesterday. It's so good. I'vr got plans for mine that involve baking, whiskey, and caramel sauce.

Awesome post! I love love bread, and irish soda bread it definetly in my top 5 :)

I don't think I have ever had soda bread, if I have, I didn't know looks great!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee

That photo with the steam is dreamy! This whole irish soda bread idea is new to me and I keep seeing it pop up. I had it growing up but always store bought (even though I'm Irish!). But I had no idea it was more of a quick bread!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkatie @KatieDid

this makes me all nostaligic for ... last summer ;) ... I made some for my aunt and we'd both get up for a late night soda bread snack ... okay, okay, it's not that special .. but it was fun!

First of all- banana haters? I don't get it. But, I still need to try the avocado-in-the-smoothie technique.
I believe I WILL be making the brown version of the Irish Soda bread on Saturday! And having it for leftovers with eggs the next morning sounds heavenly!
It's in the 80s here today- THE 80s! We didn't have any snow this winter. I'm now getting to the point where I can confidently say that we won't get any, either.

I've been wanting to make some GF soda bread for this weekend, and that is definitely a simpler recipe. Here's the one I was looking at:

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

I've always wanted to make Irish Soda bread actually - and every March I say I'm going to do it and I never do. Maybe that will be my weekend project!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

I baked up some Irish Soda Bread this week as well.
It's not gluten free, but it is delicious and easy to make. Here's the recipe I used:

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha Angela

I want to try to make a GF version of this this year! Thanks for the reminder. I should probably make something Irish. :)

This looks delicious!

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary @ Bites and Bliss

I made soda bread last week with cinnamon and sugar to liven it up a bit and we housed 3/4s of that loaf in one day before I gave the rest to my parents just to get it out of the house! Simple is sometimes the best :)
Love how you incorporated quinoa & millet.

I LOVE Irish Soda Bread. I have been making it with a combination of oat flour, rye flour, buckwheat flour and ground flax seed. Mix it with a little baking soda, some salt, and some buttermilk and you're good to go!

Ashley--> That sounds like a fantastic combination!
March 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

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