Irish Soda Bread

Have you ever thought about making your own bread to go along with a steaming bowl of soup, and then quickly dismissed the thought because of the implied time it takes?  Well my friends, fear no more – this bread is going to change how you think about making your own bread.  Its essentially a giant biscuit, doesn’t require yeast, and can be thrown together in less than 5 minutes.  Still scared?

Come join me, we’ll make it together.

Go ahead and round up the following:

3 c AP flour

1 c cake flour

2 TBSP sugar

1/2 TBSP baking soda

1/2 TBSP cream of tartar

1/2 TBSP salt

2 TBSP butter, softened

1 1/2 c buttermilk

Let’s get started.  Whisk together the flours, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar.

I heard someone say once that your best tool in the kitchen is your hands, so I used them to blend in the butter.  I also heard someone say once that you should never attempt to take pictures when your hands are covered in flour, and I listened.

Next, add the buttermilk – don’t worry, you can use a fork for this.  Once the dough starts to come together, turn it onto a floured surface (i.e. your counter, if you’re me) and knead it just until the dough is cohesive.  Twelve to fourteen turns should do the trick.  I know what you’re thinking – shouldn’t I keep kneading it until it becomes smooth?  No, you shouldn’t.  Not unless you want your bread to be tough.  Thank you for your co-operation.

Pat the dough into a round ball (a la giant biscuit) and put it on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Slash the dough cross-wise using a serrated knife.

Bake for 40-45 minutes at 400 degrees.  Remove it from the oven, inhale deeply, and pat yourself on the back.

You know what would make this bread even better? Butter.  Let’s brush the top with some melted butter, ok?

Much better.

Now, here comes the most difficult part of the entire process – we must allow the bread to cool for 30-40 minutes before slicing it.  We want it to be at room temperature, because if its cut when its too hot it will be dense and doughy.

It’s worth the wait, though.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, it looks like I have some cleaning to do…

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One response to “Irish Soda Bread

  1. YUMMY! I’m in! I’ll make this one for sure.
    Thanks Jaclyn!

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