Yield: Yields 1 large loaf
Soda bread has been an Irish household staple since baking soda became commercially available in the early 19th century. It uses just four ingredients that most people kept on hand: flour, salt, baking soda, and buttermilk (raisins and caraway seeds are an American addition). A real soda bread is a simple loaf with a beautifully browned, craggy crust and a nice chew, best eaten liberally smeared with salty Irish butter.
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Though it’s not traditionally Irish, you can add 3 oz. raisins with the dry ingredients, or experiment with add-ins like freshly chopped herbs, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, or chocolate chips.
I've never had an authentic soda bread before, my husband and I absolutely love this bread. Thank you so much for sharing. This was so easy to make and will be made more than just on st. Patrick's day. I have a picture and will try to upload it.
This is a great one for sure. Super easy, not finicky, and came out beautiful even the first time. Mine did not seem as tall as the photo but I think mine was patted out a lil too far, but otherwise came out just as the photo. I put 3/4 salt and with salted butter it was perfect. Mine looked just like the picture. I have had and made this before and if your recipe calls for anything other than these 4 ingredients then its not traditional, if you are wanting to stick to tradition this one is perfect. You can use cornmeal on your baking sheet or stone for a different crust effect. If your loaf comes out too smooth you are probably working it too much, the less you fuss with it the more craggy it will be. If yours came out gummy either too much milk or you didn't let it cool to room temp first, this is so important with breads. Keep trying and enjoy!
This is the BEST Irish Soda Bread! It is truly Irish. Not Americanized at all. If you don't like this bread then you don't know TRUE Irish Soda bread!!!
This is very good bread! Would be perfect to eat with soup or stew. I don't mean to sound rude, but if someone made this and thought it was too bland or boring, maybe they didn't make it exactly right. I followed instructions closely and my bread tastes devine.
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