Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Is it weird that I wish I had an Irish man around just to talk to me all day with that amazing accent?  Other’s feel the same? It’s just one of those accents where reciting Justin Bieber’s deposition transcripts can sound awfully sexy. Even with all the absurdity.

I’ve never been to Ireland but can tell you it’s my number 2.  I have a local Irish pub that I enjoy frequenting, though the five minute walk does play a factor.  My DH plays bass in a U2 tribute band. I love the color green.  Oh and because of my deathly fear of snakes I can imagine frolicking through the Irish countryside with out a care in the world.

 

Since I’m celebrating March as bread month and St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner I decided to make a traditional Irish Soda bread.  It is by far the quickest and simplest breads to make, perfect to teach your kids and wonderfully hearty to serve with a steaming bowl of stew.

Irish Soda Bread

What sets it apart from most others types of bread is the “soda”.  Made with baking soda instead of yeast it requires little kneading and no rising time.  Some variations call for caraway seeds or raisins but a tradition recipe is simply flour, salt, baking soda and buttermilk.  Fresh out of the oven it yields as crispy crust and heavy, dense, doughy center. Treat the dough gently to prevent it from getting tough, and be prepared to make this bread often. Cold winter days don’t stand a chance.

Yields 1 large or 2 small loaves

Irish Soda Bread
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Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, salt and baking soda.
  3. [img src="http://www.tastygardener.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Irish-Soda-Bread-1-of-8-300x199.jpg?x45499" alt="Irish Soda Bread" width="300" height="199" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-20082"]
  4. Make a well in the center and pour in the buttermilk.
  5. [img src="http://www.tastygardener.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Irish-Soda-Bread-2-of-8-300x199.jpg?x45499" alt="Irish Soda Bread" width="300" height="199" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-20083"]
  6. Carefully fold the flour into the milk until just starting to come together.
  7. Pour dough out onto lightly floured surface and carefully knead until everything is combined and a ball of dough is formed. If making two loaves cut the dough in half and form each into a circle.
  8. [img src="http://www.tastygardener.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Irish-Soda-Bread-3-of-8-300x199.jpg?x45499" alt="Irish Soda Bread" width="300" height="199" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-20084"]
  9. Place dough on prepared pans and using a large knife score a deep cross into each.
  10. [img src="http://www.tastygardener.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Irish-Soda-Bread-4-of-8-300x199.jpg?x45499" alt="Irish Soda Bread" width="300" height="199" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-20085"]
  11. Bake until browned and hollow sounding when tapped 25-35 minutes depending on the size of your loaves.
  12. [img src="http://www.tastygardener.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Irish-Soda-Bread-5-of-8-300x199.jpg?x45499" alt="Irish Soda Bread" width="300" height="199" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-20086"]
Recipe Type: Appetiser
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