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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Irish Soda Bread

Despite a significant amount of Irish in my blood, I'd never had Irish soda bread until last weekend. With Saint Patrick's Day upon us, I've seen requests for this recipe everywhere, and it piqued my interest. When I first saw the (very simple) ingredient list, I thought, "What is so special about this bread?"

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It seemed easy enough to whip up, so that I did. My first loaf was dense and almost chewy - not good eats. This recipe turned out so much better for my second attempt, and had me singing the praises of Irish soda bread along with everyone else.

This tasty bread is crisp on the outside, but so soft on the inside. The buttermilk lends great flavor to the bread - tear off a piece and enjoy with butter, jam, or just by itself! Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Irish Soda Bread


Irish Soda Bread
Source: Slightly adapted from Cate's World Kitchen
Yield: 1 loaf
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons baking soda (fresh is best)
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F, and grease a baking sheet (or line with parchment)
  2. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl and wisk together with a fork.
  3. Stir in half the buttermilk, then add the remaining buttermilk 2 tbsp at a time.
  4. You want the dough to be just a little bit moist. It should hold together, but not be sticky. If you accidentally add too much milk, knead in some flour until the dough is no longer sticky.
  5. Shape into a ball, then cut an X into the top.
  6. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until golden brown. (If you tap on the bottom of the loaf with your knuckles, it should sound hollow).
  7. Let cool as long as you can stand to wait, then serve with butter and jam.
    Best if eaten within about 3 hours of baking.


    5 comments:

    Christina said...

    Looks great! Love the photo with the white and blue towel in the background. :)

    Jen said...

    I've also never made Irish soda bread. I kept thinking I'd do it this year, but maybe I'll get around to it one of these days.

    Amy said...

    I've never made this before, but now I think it's about time... Looks good!

    DailyChef said...

    I think I've only had Irish soda bread once...though I do love bread, so it's highly likely I've had it several times without even knowing it. Time to try making it!

    Amy said...

    I have never made soda bread either. It was on my to-do list this year and somehow it got pushed off again. Definitely next year.