Easy and Delicious Soda Bread
Are you one of those people who can’t wait for St. Patrick’s Day so you can wear green and proudly celebrate your Irish heritage with the rest of the world? Well, I am ashamed to admit it but I think I am the only person who does not have a lick of Irish blood in them. German? Check. Russian? Check. Irish? Nope, nada. But this bread is delicious, even if you are not Irish.
So does that mean that I sit in the dark on St. Patrick’s Day and bemoan my loss? Nope, But I still enjoy celebrating all things Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and one of the ways that I love to do that is to make delicious Irish Soda Bread.
Simple ingredients flour, baking soda, butter milk, butter and egg give way to a dough that comes together easily and has none of the stress that a yeasted dough brings. And it a dough that does well with the addition of other flavors like orange, currants, or caraway seed. The one that I have featured here is a simple, no-fuss traditional bread that taste great with butter and maybe a sprinkling of salt.
After combining the ingredients, a simple one-two kneed is all that is need to help give the dough some shape. Too much handling can make the dough tough, so avoid an excess kneading, just enough to form a ball. The scoring on the top helps to release some of the moisture from the bread, helping the bread to cook all the way through.
This bread is great on its own with a slathering of Jam as a snack or as part of dinner. I admit it did confuse my family as to why we were eating bread instead of tortillas with our dinner, but they managed to eat the loaf and ask that it be made again.
As I said in the beginning, this really is a simple bread to make, great for beginner or even for kids to try and make themselves. And the best part is you don’t even have to be Irish to enjoy it!
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 Tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup butter milk (I used powdered buttermilk with great results)
¼ cup butter, melted
Note: Soda Bread will keep for two days if wrapped well with saran wrap.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. (If you are using a powdered buttermilk, add in powdered buttermilk at this stage, then add the water when you add the egg) Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. brush loaf with melted butter. (You can continue to brush the loaf as it bakes) Use a sharp knife to cut an ‘X’ into the top of the loaf.
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes.