Oh so simple, delicious and nutritious bread
There are probably thousands of recipes and many methods, and I am sure you can read countless hints and tips for cooking and making soda bread, This is my Irish soda bread recipe.
Simplicity itself, no need to knead, no bother or fuss, just mix all the ingredients in a bowl or use a mixer with a dough hook, shape, bake and enjoy!
If you are lucky enough to live in a country where you can buy Kerrygold, why not Italy? Butter then please do so. Irish soda bread with a thick spread of Kerrygold and a nice mug of Barry’s tea, “Can’t beat it with a shtick”.
This recipe also works exactly the same with white flour, just sway the brown flour in the recipe for an all-purpose white, same amounts. If you are feeling a bit wild you could throw in about 100g of sultanas into the mix and then you will have, what I think some people call scone bread in Ireland, but I am sure it would be called different things in different counties in Ireland. Whatever you want to call it is still Delicious.
Brown soda bread
- Mixer, helpful but not necessary
- 500 g Wholemeal flour Organic is best
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- ½ tsp Bicarbonate of soda
- 300 ml Buttermilk or sour milk See notes on liquids
- Preheat your oven to 220°C, 425°F or Gas mark 7. If you have a pizza stone place that in the oven if not put a heavy oven try in to heat
- Place all dry ingredients into a bowl or mixer bowl, no need to sift the flours, you can sift the baking powder and bicarbonate and give all a quick mix to distribute the dry ingredients
- If using a mixer attach a dough hook, if using a bowl make a well in the centre and slowly add the liquid while mixing everything
- You do not knead soda bread, just mix until all the ingredients come together and form a ball of dough, once mixed tip out onto a floured surface
- You need to work quickly now, lightly flour your hands and shape the ball of dough into a round or at this stage you can split the mix in half for two smaller loaves
- Take your pizza stone or tray out of the oven cover with a bit of parchment or dust the stone with some cornmeal
- Place your loaf or loaves onto the tray then sprinkle the top with flour, lastly score a deep cross into the loaf and place into the oven
- Bake for approx 35 mins, check after 30 mins, it should have risen well and look beautiful, to check it is cooked lift the loaf and tap the bottom, it should sound hollow when baked
- Take out of the oven and place on a cooling rack and allow to cool for at least half an hour before tucking in.