With Saint Patrick’s day just around the corner, this is the perfect time to find a recipe to make some Irish soda bread for the day. While looking for a gluten free recipe I came across an article by Abigail’s Bakery titled History of Irish Soda Bread which was an interesting read, here is a snippet ” As befitting many of the best breads in the world – Irish Soda Bread is a traditional product of a poor country, it was made with only the most basic of ingredients: flour, baking soda (used as a leavening agent instead of yeast), soured milk to moisten and activate the soda, and salt. Before baking, a cross was cut on the top with a knife, to ward off the devil and protect the household.”
So basically it is bread made with baking soda instead of yeast but the history is interesting and if you would like a little traditional bread for St. Patrick’s day here are two different recipes. First there is Irish Soda Bread with Apples and Currants from Yankee Magazine and then I will add a link to a Gluten Free Low Fructose recipe from Delicious As It Looks for all the folks that need to be gluten free. Both look good and I might just make the one with apples and currants for the day myself. If you can’t find currants you can use raisins. They both come from grapes but the currants are hard to find.
Iris Soda Bread>>>> https://communitytable.parade.com/129408/rachelallen/11-chef-rachel-allen-talks-irish-breads/
Gluten-Free, Low-Fructose Irish Soda Bread>>>> http://www.deliciousasitlooks.com/2013/03/gluten-free-low-fructose-irish-soda.html