Irish soda bread

Irish soda bread ... some people say it's a delicious breakfast bread. Others really enjoy dipping the chewy moist bread into stews and soups. But no matter how you eat it, the recipes are steeped in Irish tradition.

But while most people believe the bread originated in Ireland, that's not really true. Native Americans discovered that when baking soda was combined with a liquid-like sour milk, it became a leavening agent for making bread. Later, when Irish immigrants went back home, they took the leavening combination with them. Soda bread eventually became popular in Ireland, so popular it is now considered to be part of the Irish culture.

Traditional soda bread contains flour, baking soda, sour milk (or buttermilk) and salt. That's all you'll need to make it for this simple yet tasty bread. There's no yeast, so there's no kneading.

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