Irish Eats: Soda Bread

By The Cruise Web, Inc. 

Just because you may be in international waters it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Many cruise lines offer up special holiday meals in honor of the holiday. Including green beer.

Anything can be made green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, it just takes a small drop of food coloring, but to truly get an authentic taste of Ireland, Soda Bread is where it’s at. The bread, which is made with baking soda instead of yeast, gained popularity in the 19th century and has been a welcome dish on any Irish dinner table since.

But to have authentic Irish Soda Bread, a Cruise to Ireland should be on your to-do list.

In the meantime we’ve got a simple recipe for you. Best of all this recipe only has four steps.


  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup  sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg, beaten lightly
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Apply non stick cooking spray to  a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  3. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. In a separate bowl beat eggs and buttermilk together and then pour that into the flour mixture.  Stir in butter. Pour into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool.

For the best results wrap in foil for or overnight.

Bain taitneamh as do bhéil (The Gaelic version of Bon Appetit).



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