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Today I’ve got a recipe for Irish Brown Soda Bread to share with you, not just because St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching,

but also in celebration of some big news! As the Irish say, Come here to me, wait till I tell you.

Irish Brown Soda Bread (c)2013 LaDomestique

You may have noticed things have been a bit quiet around here at La Domestique. That’s because we’ve had a lot going on behind the scenes.

We’ve been doing a lot of wishing, a lot of hoping, and a lot of planning. We’ve been pacing and waiting.

Now the wait is over and IT’S ALL HAPPENING!

Ingredients for Irish Brown Soda Bread (c)2013 LaDomestique

We are moving to Ireland!!!

I’ve mentioned before that the husband was born and raised in Tipperary, Ireland, and we’re thrilled to be moving back to his home country.

I’ll be sharing more details as we find a new home and get settled. We’ve purchased one-way plane tickets and we leave on April 1st!

{This is no April fool’s joke!}

Mixing Irish Brown Soda Bread By Hand (c)2013 La Domestique

 There is so much to be done. We’re selling almost all of our belongings and preparing little Minnie the dachshund for her journey overseas.

If you live in the Denver/Boulder area, please do come to our open house party! I’m selling all my kitchenware at a bargain price!

Irish Brown Soda Bread Ready for the Oven (c)2013 LaDomestique

I can’t wait to see how living in Ireland will inspire the direction of La Domestique!

I’ve got big dreams!

For now, let’s just enjoy the moment and celebrate with a slice of Irish Brown Soda Bread, shall we?

Slices of Irish Brown Soda Bread (c)2013 La Domestique

The husband loves his brown soda bread, made with half all-purpose flour and wholewheat flour.

It’s got a dense but tender crumb cloaked in a beautifully caramelized, crunchy crust.

The recipe is so simple. Just stir together the flour, salt, baking soda, and buttermilk with your hands

and form it into a flattened ball.

Before baking, cut a cross into the bread so it can expand and rise in the oven, and the dense dough will cook all the way through.

Darina Allen says this is called “blessing the bread.”

Irish Brown Soda Bread Fresh From the Oven (c)2013 La Domestique

My favorite Irish Brown Soda Bread recipe comes from Darina Allen’s book, Forgotten Skills of Cooking.

It’s named, “Mummy’s Brown Soda Bread.”

We like to serve it with Irish butter, strawberry jam, and a cuppa tea.

Ingredients:

2 cups wholewheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 – 2 cups buttermilk

find Darina Allen’s recipe for Mummy’s Brown Soda Bread online here.