Irish Soda Bread
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This weekend I made some Irish soda bread to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Irish soda bread is so easy to make. If I had buttermilk on hand all the time I’d probably make it more often. One of the reasons I really love Irish soda bread is that it has a yeast bread like texture without having to use any yeast. It’s simple to make like a quick bread, but yields a taste of a yeast bread (though a little more crumbly and delicate since there is no yeast). Instead of yeast, it relies on baking soda for the rise.
All you have to do is dump a bunch of ingredients in a bowl, mix a few times, and it’s ready to go in the oven. Normally Irish soda bread is made as one big round bread with a crisscross on top to ward off evil. I used a recipe that made it into a loaf form.
The bread comes out soft, moist and a little sweet. The taste of buttermilk is pretty strong as well. Yummy.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1/4 cup butter melted
Preheat oven to 325°F (165°C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. (The batter should be a bit lumpy and will come together and be more smooth after adding butter)
Stir in butter. (The mixture should be smooth after blending the butter.) Pour into prepared pan.
Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
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Irish Soda Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 457mg 19%
Potassium 232mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 4.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.