This is one of the most popular foods eaten around St. Patrick’s Day, and for good reason. Irish soda bread was introduced to the UK in the late 1830’s after baking soda was brought in. Irish soda bread became a country staple out of necessity because few ingredients were readily available for citizens at the time. Using just wheat flour, baking soda, salt and soured milk, the Irish would make soda bread to sustain them. It was a simple recipe that even lower-class families could afford to make.
Since then, the bread with a dense texture and slight sourness has evolved into a seasonal classic that is still very easy to make. This Irish Soda Bread recipe from Simply Recipes uses only eight ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. The best part is it takes under an hour to make, and you don’t need to wait for the dough to rise like most breads require.