Sorry it has taken me so long to find time to blog about this Irish Soda Bread recipe. I apologize for that big gap since the mention of the Soda Bread in my last post of Irish Stew. I love the easiness and how quick you can whip up a bread just by 15 minutes prep time! No proofing required. Nothing beats having rustic looking and crusty bread with soft middle to go with a hearty stew.
This recipe is a simple Irish Soda bread, but you can of course add extra herbs, nuts to it if you like. I got the recipe from Mastering the Art of Baking by Anneka Manning. I would have baked it slightly longer (books says between 45-50mins) as I was too anxious to see the end result at the 45th minute. It was still slightly dense in the thickest part (middle) of the bread, otherwise the bread is fantastic.
- 200g plain/all purpose flour
- 200g wholemeal flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking/bicarbonate soda
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 60g chilled unsalted butter
- 300 ml buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 180C degrees. Line baking tray with baking paper.
- Sift the flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Use your fingertips to rub in the butter until mixture resembles course breadcrumbs.
- Add the buttermilk and mix with a flat-bladed knife, using a cutting motion until a dough forms.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead briefly until smooth. Shape the dough into a ball about 18cm in diameter, and place onto the baking tray. Using a large sharp knift, cut a deep “X”/cross on the surface of the dough. Dust the dough with extra flour.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the loaf is golden and sounds hollow when tapped on the base. Transfer to a wire rack to col.
- You can replace 200g wholemeal flour with plain flour
- If you don’t have buttermilk, substitute by making your own with 300ml of fresh milk with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, mix well.
- Raisin and Rosemary soda bread: Add 255g raisins, 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary and 55g caster sugar after rubbing in butter.
- Cheddar and Walnut soda bread: Add 90g chopped toasted walnuts and 150g coarsely grated tasty cheddar cheese after rubbing in butter.