Irish Soda Bread & Honey Mustard Beer Butter

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So you thought you finally escaped all of the posts on Irish Soda Bread recipes, eh? Ha HA!

Today, there will be 200-and-some more hitting the interwebs, as the baking group, Tuesdays with Dorie, posts about our latest Tuesday project, Irish Soda Bread.

(But just in case you can’t possibly take one. more. soda bread. post, I’m sharing my honey mustard beer butter recipe, which goes great with all sorts of savory breads and bagels.)

I make soda bread often — and not just around March 17th — because I love that it’s ridiculously simple with a high reward factor. It makes a homely loaf, no doubt about it, but it’s also an amazing loaf. A handful of common ingredients — but no yeast — and in under an hour, you have a hearty round that can stand up to any soup, stew or casserole.

This bread’s recipe, in particular, is a perfect study in simplicity: 4 ingredients. Four.  Flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk. (Even my super-easy go-to version — Irish soda bread’s cousin, Irish brown bread — has nine.) A few minutes with a bowl and a spoon, a quick kneading on the counter, and it’s ready for the oven. No gimmicks. No chemistry-tricked-out, off-tasting-coffee-mug-cake thing. Just honest-to-goodness bread.

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I suspect that many of the other participants in Tuesdays with Dorie will go all out with the add-ins. And really, it’s the perfect blank-slate canvas for things both sweet (raisins, cranberries, chocolate) and savory (herbs, seeds, cheese, onions).

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But I always — always — keep mine plain.

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The beauty of this bread is in its simplicity.

This post is part of Tuesdays with Dorie, an online baking group working its way through “Baking with Julia,” by Dorie Greenspan. The Irish soda bread project is hosted this week by Chocolate Moosey and My Culinary Mission. You’ll find the full recipe and instructions on their sites. Also check out Tuesdays with Dorie to see how the other bakers’ breads turned out.

I’ve made other versions of Irish Soda Bread here on before, including my favorite brown bread: Irish Brown Bread and Traditional Irish Soda Bread.

And to go with your soda bread, here’s a deliciously subtle compound butter made with honey, mustard and, of course, Irish beer.

Karen xoxo

Honey Mustard Beer Butter

This recipe is appropriate for a vegetarian diet, or can easily be altered as suchThis recipe is appropriate for a Pescatarian diet, or can be easily altered as such

Honey Mustard Beer Butter

Prep Time: 10 minutes       Cook time: (no cooking)       Yield: 1/2 cup butter

4 ounces (1 stick, 8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon honey
1 heaping teaspoon honey or Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon beer
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Before beginning, make sure the butter is soft (but not melted): pressing it with your finger should leave a divot. If the butter is too firm, it will not blend in with the honey, and the honey will seep out in little beads.

2. Use a mixer to mix the butter until very soft and silky (2 to 3 minutes). Drizzle in the honey and continue mixing until well incorporated.

3. Add the mustard, beer and salt, and beat until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Use immediately, or wrap completely and store in the refrigerator or freezer.

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  1. Honey Mustard Beer Butter. Genius!

  2. Lovely photo of the bread. I liked it plain, too.

  3. your bread sure opened up nicely. Nicely done!

  4. Of course you have honey mustard beer butter to go with your bread. I just should have known :-)
    I love “rustic” – it translates into “I don’t have to gather up patience and fuss around with it…”

  5. Thank you for the butter recipe. I am going to try another loaf with the butter!

  6. I am going to try it plain next time – it was so good with raisins one time and currants another, but you’re right, simplicity is always the way to go :)

  7. Absolutely beautiful, Karen! And I can’t wait to try that Honey Mustard-Beer Butter… my dad will love it! :)

  8. Beautiful! And I am so trying that butter, wow!

  9. Your bread is beautiful – I love the way it opened up. And I love the idea of the Honey Mustard Beer butter. Thank you!

  10. The bread looks delicious, and I’m excited to try that honey mustard butter myself!

  11. Your loaf looks great and that butter sounds amazing. I’ll have to try it.

  12. i always love visiting your blog! you have the best photos, too!! :)

  13. Beautiful photo and loaf!

  14. Love your photos and your bread looks rustically lovely.

  15. You did a wonderful job! It looks very pretty, and I love the idea of the topping you made. I just had a slice of mine, toasted.

  16. Your site is wonderful to view! Your bread looks so good…nice photography…


  17. Thanks so much for sharing the butter recipe. Sounds worth sacrificing a bit of Guiness for, for certain. I can never seem to add anything to soda bread, either. We’ve always had it plain, and left the flavourings to the toppings.

  18. Oooh, Karen, thanks for the butter recipe! Now I’ll have to make another loaf of bread so I can try it. I’m a soup lover too…check out my favorite curried zucchini soup recipe at my blog…it’s a real winner. You’re soda bread is beautiful..I like the way it opened up. I wasn’t able to get my cross that deep (dull knife I guess). Thanks for pointing us to your other soda bread recipes.

  19. Honey Mustard Beer Butter. Awesome! :) (I’m going to make it next go — would go great w/a slab of Dubliner cheese and extra Maldon salt…how we enjoyed our bread over the weekend.) Thanks!

  20. Your bread and photos look amazing!

  21. Beautiful pictures and that butter does truly sound amazing!

  22. What an absolutely beautiful oaf of bread, Karen. And the compound butter looks and sounds delicious!

  23. I’m SO going to try the compound butter recipe! I’m sure there’s someone around here with a rubber arm that I could twist into finishing off the rest of the beer once I’ve used the 1 tablespoon…

  24. Oh, that butter sounds delicious. Thanks for posting it. Great photo of the finished loaf.

  25. That butter sounds great! Lovely looking bread….nicely done!

  26. i love all of these ingredients; butter, beer, & honey mustard–check, check, check. Must give this a try soon! Beautiful photos!

  27. Your bread looks beautiful and I love that you added the recipe for the butter, I bet that was delicious!

  28. So excited for this honey mustard beer butter! Sounds amazing and fantastic!!

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