The Irish food culture revolves around potatoes. They even make potato bread. But they’re even better known for their soda bread! And as it turns out, it’s the easiest bread to make yourself, ever!
Breadmaking doesn’t really match the strict Singlemade criteria. Even though the ingredients are simple enough, it’s a lot of work. Kneading vigorously, letting it rise twice,… It takes about three hours to make a loaf.
This Irish soda bread on the other hand only take one hour from start to fragrant finish! It doesn’t have to rise and hardly needs kneading. This bread just has it all! I love Irish cuisine! 🙂
The basic ingredients are buttermilk and baking soda. Baking soda can be hard to find* and usually comes in larger quantities (0,5 or 1 Kg). But the good news is that you can use soda for a variety of things. For example, it’s the world’s best cleaning product! See the Tips & Tricks.
PS: if you don’t like buttermilk, don’t worry, you won’t taste it, I promise! 🙂
Irish soda bread
Preheat the oven to 190°C. Prepare an oven tray with baking paper.
Thoroughly wash your hands.
Use the bowl on your kitchen scale to weigh the flour. Then make a dimple in the flour and add the buttermilk. Add the salt and the baking soda to the flour around the edge.
Use a fork (or your fingers) to increasingly mix the flour with the buttermilk, until you get a ball of dough. Briefly knead it (in the bowl or on a clean table) until it’s a nice, round ball*. You won’t be able to make smooth, even ball, but make sure the seams are on the bottom.
Lay it on the oven tray and press it down until it’s about the size of the palm of your hand. Cut a cross in the top. Add the oven tray to the oven and bake for 40 minutes.
After 40 minutes, check to see if it’s done: turn it over and tap on the bottom. If it sounds hollow, it’s done!
* I intentionally chose to make a moist dough, so your bread won’t be dry when it comes out of the oven. If it’s too sticky, just add a bit of flour.
Tip: Looking for another buttermilk recipe? Try the eggs in buttermilk sauce!
Tip: Looking for another Irish recipe? Try the Irish lamb stew!
Sodatips: Clogged drains? Let a mixture of soda and vinegar marinate in your drain. You can use this concoction to clean your toilet as well. To clean your pots and pans or to clear coffee- or tea-stains: scrub with some baking soda on a damp cloth! Soda will also absorb nasty smells, so it’s a great idea to line the bottom of your refuse bin with it! 😉
Tip: you can find baking soda in your apothecary’s, in Chinatown or nature shop.
I adapted the recipe slightly, because the testers thought the dough was a bit too sticky.
But in any case, Carine confirms that you really don’t taste the buttermilk. And she’ll make it regularly: delicious and easy!
Bram swapped out the buttermilk for almond milk because of his allergies and used a kitchen robot to make it. The bread was gone to the last crumb in 10 minutes! 🙂
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Veel kookplezier en… bon appétit! 🙂