You don’t need to be an experienced bread baker to give this easy recipe for Irish Soda Bread a try.
With its slightly sweet flavor, chewy crust and moist texture Irish Soda Bread can be served a variety of ways. Here are some suggestions:
- For breakfast: Toast the bread lightly, spread with whipped butter and your favorite marmalade or jam.
- As a first course before dinner: Make a simple dipping sauce with melted butter, a little honey and a touch of balsamic vinegar.
- As a side with a hearty stew: Warm slices of bread in the oven and serve plain or with salted butter.
Irish Soda Bread
This recipe for an old-fashioned Irish Soda Bread makes a moist, dense bread with a hint of sweetness and a delicious, chewy crust.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 1 round loaf
- Category: Baking
- Cuisine: Irish
- 1–1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1–1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and brown sugar. Add the buttermilk and mix just until a soft dough forms.
- Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead gently for about 1 minute to blend the ingredients more thoroughly.
- Form the dough into a ball and flatten slightly to form a 6 to 7-inch round. Dust with a little bit of flour and slash an “X” in the top with the tip of a sharp knife. Allow the bread to rest for 15 minutes.
- Once rested, bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown and crusty. Cool for 10 minutes on wire rack before slicing.