Irish Soda Bread

Happy St. Patricks Day! In honor of today’s holiday, enjoy this traditional, delicious & easy recipe!

 

Ingredients

Flour, whole wheat, loosened 4 cups

Bread flour, sifted 1 cup

Rolled oats 1/3 cup

Baking soda 1 teaspoon

Sugar 1 tablespoon

Salt 1 teaspoon

Buttermilk 2 ½ cups

Butter, cold, cut into cubes 4 ounces

Butter, melted, for brushing 1-2 ounces

Preparation

1.Gather all the ingredients and equipment
2.Blend all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
3.Add cold butter into the dry ingredients until pea-sized pieces of fat form.
4.Gently mix in the buttermilk until a soft dough forms. Adjust with flour or buttermilk to correct the texture if necessary.
5.Turn onto a floured table and lightly knead gently 5 to 6 times. Cut into 3 equal pieces and form into round loaves about 1 inch thick.
6.Transfer to a parchment-lined ½ sheet pan and brush over dough with melted butter if a soft crust is desired. Slice an X into the surface.
7.Bake in a preheated conventional oven at 400°F (204°C) for 35 to 45 minutes, until a rich brown and the loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
8.Allow to cool about 20 minutes before cutting.

Chef’s Notes

This bread is to be eaten shortly after baking. If it is to be eaten “a day old” it is best toasted. Good with stew or hot soup either way.

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