Irish Soda Bread

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Traditional Irish soda bread is by far my favourite recipe with a beautiful crust. So quick, No yeast, pantry-friendly and requires only minimal ingredients!
Freshly baked irish soda bread served in plate

                                                      Irish Soda Bread  

What is Irish Soda Bread?

Soda Bread is a variety of quick bread traditionally made with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) used as a leavening agent instead of traditional yeast.

Substitute for Buttermilk:

Buttermilk gives you a flavour to this bread, so you can’t be left out.
For every cup of buttermilk, Take 1 cup of milk and 2 tbs of lemon juice/white vinegar. Mix and let it be for 20 to 30 mins in room temperature, before you use it.

Can i make Eggless Irish Soda Bread?

Yes, we can omit egg for this recipe, just increase the amount of butter milk to 1/2 cup and follow the method.

What is the best way to eat Irish Soda bread?

The classic way of eating Irish soda bread is with Butter. This can be served warm or lightly toasted.
Serve with mixed fruit jam or citrus marmalade.
Serve a slice with stew
Make a sandwich

How do you keep Irish soda bread fresh?

This Irish soda bread can dry out quickly, so tightly wrapped in aluminium foil or plastic wraps for 4 to 5 days.
You can freeze unto 2 months and thaw and reheated as desired.

How do you know when the soda bread is done?

The crust should be dry, firm and deep golden brown and the bread will sound hollow when it’s done!

Variations you can make to the Irish soda bread:

You can add 1/2 cup of dried fruits like raisins, currants to the dough.

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How to make Irish Soda Bread with Step By Step Pictures:

Ingredients to make irish soda is taken is glass bowls
Ingredients to make Irish soda bread is taken
wheat flour is being added to a glass mixing bowl
In a mixing bowl, add wheat flour
All purpose flour is being taken in a glass mixing bowl
Add all purpose flour and salt
A small bowl of baking soda is being added to the glass mixing bowl
Add baking soda
Flours are being mixed in glass bowl using balloon whisk
Mix all the dry ingredients
Add in softened butter
Flour is being mixed well in glass bowl
Mix the butter with flour using your finger tips, to looks coarsely
Buttermilk is being stirred in glassmug
Take butter milk
A spoon stirring buttermilk and egg
Add an egg and mix well
making a well in the centre of the dry ingredients
Make a small well in the centre
liquid is being added to dry ingredients in mixing bowl
Add half of the buttermilk and egg mixture
Dough is being stirring in glass mixing bowl
Mix well. Add remaining egg mixture to make a soft dough
Dust some flour on the marble work top
Dust some flour on your working space
Soda bread dough is being worked on the floor
Add the dough and keep kneading the dough.Gently fold in until We get a soft and elastic dough. To remove the stickyness. keep folding and kneading.
baking sheet is dusted with flour
Dust some flour on the baking tray or you can also use parchment paper
Soda bread dough is being rolled to bring a round shape on dusted baking sheet
Bring the dough together to a round 1 1/2 inch thick
Soda bread dough is being cross cut kept on flour dusted baking tray
Make a deep cross on the dough
Dough is being deep cross cut
Brush some leftover buttermilk & egg mixture and poke on the four edges of the bread
Irish soda bread sprinkled with chia seeds
Now Top with chia seeds or rolled oats. Bake for 35 to 40 mins in 200 degree C/ 400 degree F until its golden brown.

Slice of irish soda bread served in small plate

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Irish Soda Bread


  • Author: Nithya Narasimhan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x

Description

Traditional Irish soda bread is by far my favorite recipe with beautiful crust. So quick, No yeast, pantry-friendly and requires only minimal ingredients! 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup All purpose flour
  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 tbs Butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup Butter milk
  • 1 tbs chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200 degree c/ 400 degrees F
  2. In a mixing bowl, add wheat flour, all purple flour, baking soda. Mix all the dry ingredients.
  3. Add the butter and rub into the flour mixture using your finger tips, until it resembles like coarse mixture.
  4. Now, take a small bowl, add egg and buttermilk, mix well.
  5. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients pour in egg and butter milk mixture. Bring the flour and liquid together to make a soft dough. ( It will be sticky)
  6. Turn the dough on the work surface, sprinkle some flour and work to bring a round dough.
  7. Dust some flour on the baking tray,/shee, place the dough.
  8. Make a deep cross and poke the four corners.
  9. Glaze the leftover buttermilk mixture.
  10. Top with chia seeds or rolled oats
  11. Bake for 35 to 40 mins for 200 degrees C/ 400 degrees F until it is deep golden brown.

Notes

How do you keep Irish soda bread fresh?

This Irish soda bread can dry out quickly, so tightly wrapped in aluminium foil or plastic wraps for 4 to 5 days.
You can freeze unto 2 months and thaw and reheated as desired.

How do you know when the soda bread is done?

The crust should be dry, firm and deep golden brown and the bread will sound hollow when it’s done!

Variations you can make to the Irish soda bread:

You can add 1/2 cup of dried fruits like raisins, currants to the dough.

  • Category: baking, Breakfast/dinner, dinner
  • Cuisine: Continental

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2 Comments

  1. Emily LaBrenz says:

    How can you say the soda bread is gluten free when it has wheat flour????

    1. Nithya Narasimhan says:

      Hi Emily, I didnot mention its gluten free.

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