Daily Bread

"O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him."Psalm 34:8
God has given us the wonderful gift of taste. There are four tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. We use a variety of these tastes everyday in our food preparation. Interestingly enough, we have the same tastes to describe circumstances in our lives.

We cannot taste spiritually what God has for us if we are not in His Word. Let us not neglect our need for spiritual food through the daily bread we receive from reading God’s Word.
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”Matthew 4:4
Are we tasting from God? Are we using the things we have learned from God and using them for him? We all have hardships in different forms. Perhaps we are even going through unpleasant situations to help another going through something similar. We all have different circumstances in our lives, whether they be sweet, sour, bitter, or even a little salty, God is still with us to help us with the accurate recipe for our lives. We are all different, and we all have different stories; no story is the same. So, let us therefore taste and see that the Lord He is good.
“Give us this day our daily bread.”Matthew 6:11
This is a prayer to God to provide our physical need of food. Are we thankful for those meager blessings that God bestows to us each day? I know for me it is easy to forget that God provides for me in abundance. I have never had to go to bed hungry or wonder where my next meal will come from.

For most of us today, we cannot fully appreciate what bread meant to our ancestors. For hundreds of years, people lived on mainly bread. It was the staple of life to peasants and nobility alike. Bread was characteristically a cheap and filling commodity, utilizing different species of wheat, barley, rye, and oats. These cereal grains were able to withstand the harsh climates and short growing seasons that many of the Northern European countries experience. Often times, the people of these countries would combine a variety of these cereal grains in their breads to stretch supplies further.

The recipe I am sharing is one of my favorite bread recipes. I love a good hearty bread especially in these cold winter months as a companion to soups, stews, and chilis. The best part is that it doesn’t need to rise. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.

Irish Soda Bread

  • 4 Cups Flour (2 cups of wheat and 2 cups of white flour can be used)
  • 1 Cup Old-Fashioned Oats
  • 4 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 4 Tbsp Cold Butter
  • 1 3/4 Cups Buttermilk
  • 1 Beaten Egg
Preheat oven to 375.
Combine dry ingredients.
Cut in butter with two knives.
Add Buttermilk and egg until the dough begins to form into a ball.
Dump the dough onto a floured surface and knead a few times.
Shape into round loaf and place on ungreased baking sheet.
Cut an X into the top of the loaf with a sharp knife.
Bake for 45-55 minutes.


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Comments 3

  1. I am going to try your Irish soda bread, I have my mother’s recipe which I usually make around St Patrick’s Day .Iam 98 % Irish, So the bread has special memories for me. My grandmother Kennedy always made it when she came to visit. The bread of life is also important to keep us strong and nourished in the Lord. Love you

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