Irish Soda Bread

I have a regret regarding this bread.  I regret I hadn’t ever tried making soda bread prior to this!  Who knew you could create such a hearty bread so quickly with so few ingredients?!  Actually, quite a few people knew–I found lots of recipes using an online search.  I selected this simple recipe from Food Network because I didn’t want sweet, and I liked the idea of rolled oats.

Got 45 minutes?  Gather these items and let’s get started!

  • 1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour, plus more for kneading
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk 

A quick note on the buttermilk.  A soda bread works because of the reaction that takes place between the baking soda and an acid found in the buttermilk.  Regular milk will NOT work.  Unless.  Unless you change it into a buttermilk substitute by adding 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice for each 1 cup of milk, stirring and letting the mixture sit for a couple of minutes.  I didn’t have buttermilk, I used this method, and the bread came out perfectly!

Preheat your oven to 425 F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix flours, oats, salt and baking soda until well combined.

Pour in most of the buttermilk to form a soft dough, adding more buttermilk if needed.  (I used all but about 1/3 cup of my buttermilk.)

Turn dough out onto a floured surface and gently knead until it becomes shapeable.  Avoid overworking the dough.  Shape into a disk.  Cut a deep X into the top with a sharp knife.

Transfer loaf to parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Bake 7 minutes at 425 F.  Reduce heat to 375 F and bake an additional 20-25 minutes.  Remove bread from oven to a cutting board.  Let it rest a couple minutes, cut and enjoy warm.

My cuts were uneven, resulting in uneven splitting–something I’ll watch better next time.  The appearance had no effect on the flavor, though!  This soda bread rivals a yeast whole wheat bread in less than 1/4 of the time.  We enjoyed it buttered, with corned beef and cabbage.  I’m thinking the flavor would be divine for breakfast, smeared with fruit jam.  Maybe with a nice cup of tea….yummy!

There are other soda bread recipes out there with dried fruit and citrus zest…oh yeah!  Next time!

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