Luck O’ the Irish and Green Milk!!

Every year, on March 17th, my mom would get the corn beef and potatoes boiling, the cabbage steaming and the Irish soda bread baking.  She would add a bit of green food coloring to the kids milk.  Not knowing a good Irish dessert, she faithfully made creme de menthe brownies.  As simple as the meal was, we always looked forward to it!  I wanted to share my favorite part of the meal with you guys today!  Irish Soda Bread!  For those of you who shy away from ever making bread, this is considered a quick bread.  This bread does not contain yeast, so it does not have to rise.  It’s simple and yields results that will not disappoint even the fiercest of critics!  So, for a very lucky St. Patrick’s Day, pour a guiness and add this recipe to your menu!!


Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 6-10
  • 2 C. whole wheat flour
  • 1½ C. white flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ C. sugar
  • 1 Tbs. of cold butter
  • 1¾ C. buttermilk
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Cut cold butter into small pieces then cut into the flour mixture.
  4. Add buttermilk and stir to combine
  5. Lightly flour a surface and gently knead to form a round loaf.
  6. Place on a baking sheet.
  7. Cut a large cross in the top of the dough and put in oven for 1 hour.
  8. Let cool for a few minutes before serving. But, this is best eaten fresh!!