St. Patrick鈥檚 Day is coming up on March 17, and we all know what that means聽鈥 green clothes, Guinness, and lots of Irish food! And of course, no Irish feast is complete without a loaf of homemade soda bread. This version couldn鈥檛 be easier, with just three ingredients (plus a good pinch of salt and pepper!). Cooking the bread聽in a Dutch oven helps to give a dark, crispy crust and a fluffy middle 鈥 perfect for serving alongside a big bowl of Irish stew!

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Ingredients:

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Instructions:

1. Sift together the flour and bicarbonate of soda, along with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Add the buttermilk, and mix together to form a rough dough.

2. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and knead for about 1 minute, just to bring the dough together. Transfer it to a piece of lightly greased and floured baking paper.

3. Dust the dough with a little more flour, and use a serrated knife to cut a deep cross in the top.

4.聽Lift the paper into the Dutch oven, and replace the lid. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for around 45 minutes, or until the bread is cooked to your liking聽鈥 it should sound hollow when tapped from underneath.

5. Allow the bread to cool, then slice or tear off chunks to serve.

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Sift together the flour and bicarbonate of soda, along with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Add the buttermilk, and mix together to form a rough dough.

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Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and knead for about one minute, just to bring the dough together. Transfer it to a piece of lightly greased and floured baking paper.

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Dust the dough with a little more flour, and use a serrated knife to cut a deep cross in the top.

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Lift the paper into the Dutch oven, and replace the lid. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for around 45 minutes, or until the bread is cooked to your liking聽鈥 it should sound hollow when tapped from underneath.

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Allow the bread to cool, then slice or tear off chunks to serve.

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The middle of the loaf should be soft and fluffy聽鈥 it鈥檚 perfect for soaking up stews and soups! And the crust is crispy and chewy. You can slice the loaf neatly like a civilized person if you prefer, but I think there鈥檚 something seriously satisfying about just tearing off big chunks.

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Don鈥檛 forget some salted Irish聽butter for spreading! Just perfect.

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