Irish Soda Bread
If you’re looking for a delicious and easy bread to make that doesn’t require any yeast, it looks like you’ve found it.
Irish soda bread requires just a few simple ingredients and the baking process is straightforward.
The bread tastes best warm with a little butter melted on top. It goes great with potato soup too.
Ingredients for Bread:
• 4 cups flour (bread or wholemeal, both work great)
• ¼ cup sugar
• 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
• 1 tablespoon baking powder
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• ½ cup softened butter
• 1 cup buttermilk
• 1 egg
Ingredients for Bread Topping:
• 3 tablespoons melted butter
• 3 tablespoons buttermilk
Preheat oven to 375 F or gas mark 5.
In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients including the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Add the softened butter and continue to mix. Using a pastry cutter makes the process of cutting in the butter and other wet ingredients much easier.
Once the butter is distributed throughout the flour, add the buttermilk and egg, continuing to work with the pastry cutter. Once, the ingredients are well mixed, start working the dough with your hands and knead it into a round-shaped loaf.
Place the loaf on a non-stick baking surface. At this point, you can combine the 3 tablespoons of butter and buttermilk to form a topping for the bread. Using a pastry brush, brush the mixture all over the loaf.
Now it’s time to put the loaf in the oven on the middle rack. Bake for about 50 minutes. You can tell when it’s done when it’s nicely browned and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Allow to cool slightly, but do try to enjoy it warm. It’s delicious!