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One of my favorite things about going to Ireland, is sitting in a darkened pub, listening to live trad music and ordering soup with fresh baked brown bread. When the flavors combine with a creamy, Irish butter, there’s just nothing like it. Whenever I make it here at home, the smell and taste takes me back to our honeymoon, spent on the west coast of Ireland. If you’ve never been to Ireland, I highly recommend it. But even if you never make it there, you can still have a little taste of the Emerald Isle right in your own home. Just follow these easy steps and serve with a creamy vegetable soup — potato leek anyone? Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (Bob’s Red Mill has a wonderful, organic, 100% stone ground option)
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 2/3 cups buttermilk
2 tbsp butter, melted
Combine flour, baking soda, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir with a whisk. Add buttermilk and melted butter. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Add more buttermilk if needed, to make a soft dough. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently for 1 minute. Shape into a ball. Place on a greased baking pan. Pat into an 8-inch circle. With a sharp knife, cut a 1/2-inch deep cross into the top of the dough.
Bake in a preheated 375° oven for 30-35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature. Delicious with Kerrygold butter!