Soda Bread

When I was a young person, driving a cab, I chauffeured an elderly Irish woman back and forth to the grocery. We talked about soda bread – it was late February or early March.  I loved cooking & eating but I wasn’t very skilled or discerning about either. Had I ever, even, eaten soda bread? She offered to send me her recipe. The next day, I got a note and her recipe in the mail.

That recipe was fabulous, simple, and easy. And like so many things, I kept it, and the envelope it came in, and I glued it in the notebook that I kept recipes in. And now I can’t find the damn thing.  Sadness.

Soda bread is the world’s easiest quick bread. The classic recipe involves 4 ingredients that you would have had in your house –  75 years ago. No mixer. No fussiness. Combine dry ingredients, add buttermilk, combine, bake.

A day ago I made my first loaf (the Skillet recipe below) in at least 15 years – probably closer to 20. My one adjustment was swapping in whole wheat cake flour. I’m a little rusty, but practice will make perfect.


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