Irish Soda Bread

Monday, October 29, 2007
Perfect for St. Patrick's Day!  A quick bread that's simple and delicious to make.  

Irish Soda Bread

4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a large sheet pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Cut the butter into small pieces, so it will be easier to work with.
In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. With your fingertips, rub in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. With a wooden spoon, stir in the buttermilk just until the dry ingredients are moistened and the dough comes together.
Empty the dough onto the counter and knead lightly about 8 times, until smooth but a little sticky. If it sticks to the counter, use a bench scraper to gather it together-try to avoid adding extra flour.

Roll the dough into a 6-inch round. Place it on the prepared baking sheet, and make a 1/2-inch deep slash from one side of the dough to the other, then make a second slash across it to form a cross.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool the bread on a wire rack, covered with a towel.

8 comments on "Irish Soda Bread"
  1. I really like irish soda bread, though it is a little bland, I love the crunchiness of the outside without the chewiness.

  2. Hmmm, doesn't sound like a whole lot of leavening. I would have thought it to need a lot more. But see that's why I don't create recipes which require baking. I would have dough everywhere, I guess.

    Sounds good though. I love bread of all kinds. But, I'm with you. My favorites are yeast breads.


  3. It looks fantastic. The texture is so rustic, I love that. Like you said your probably just used to yeasty breads. Me too actually, but I would probably like the Irish soda bread.

    I saw your last post. Pretty daring. I thought I was daring, putting prune puree in mine. You are very creative!!

  4. I don't think I've actually ever had soda bread. I'm excited to see what recipes from the UK you make!!

  5. Oh god, did you really position your bread in front of your window so we could see the trees in the background? I feel so pathetic, I barely will move the 6-lb bag of pretzels out of the way when I take photos.

  6. Val- It is a little bland. I love chewy breads.

    Julie- There doesn't seem to be much leavening does there? I didn't mess around with the recipe though. I'm not messing with Rose.
    I really want to make a yeast bread. I found a recipe for that candy you were talking about.

    Annie- Thanks! It really is easy, so it's worth a try. You might try baking it in a cast iron skillet or pot.
    Mmm...prune brownies. I like it. Secretly evil. You could give them to the people you don't like.

    Deb- I never had it either.
    Hopefully I wont get made fun of by someone from the UK.

    Amy- 6 lb. bag of pretzels! WOW. You guys really like them. Me too.
    No, I took that outside, because the lighting was better.

  7. Outside makes you even fancier.

  8. I am not fancy! My blog is ghetto compared to most.
    I'm just trying to entertain you and bring you beautiful pictures.