Irish soda bread

I tried soda bread for the first time when I lived in the UK. Irish soda bread is different from any other bread I had ever tried, and I must say I love it! I haven’t seen this bread in the last 2 years and I got so excited when I read this recipe in this blog.

The ingredients and the directions of this recipe are so simple that I couldn’t wait to bake it. I have done it 3 times already in the last weeks, and it has become my favourite bread. Although white bread is not the healthiest option for you, the taste of this one is amazing.

I usually enjoy slices of it for breakfast with nice honey and jam, and as a side for my vegetarian creams for lunch and dinner. I encourage you to try baking this one as it is very easy to make and doesn’t have any odd ingredients.

INGREDIENTS

  • 420 ml buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 515 g all-purpose flour
  • 38 g white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 65 g unsalted butter, cold.
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)

STEPS

To start with, get a small bowl where you will beat the egg and right after add the buttermilk. Mix it until combined. Set aside.

Mix the dry ingredients in a bigger second bowl. Start with flour, salt, sugar and baking soda. Once it is well mixed, fold in the pieces of cold butter and work the batter. It won’t mix well but don’t panic, it is just right. Next, make a kind of well in the recipient and fold in the mixture of the buttermilk with the egg.

Mix it well, but do not over mix it. If you like, feel free to add the poppy seeds or other ingredients such as nuts, raisins, chocolate, etc. Now, shape the batter with your hands using flour. Transfer the dough to the baking tray that has to have a baking paper on it. Then take a knife with a minor touch of butter and mark a cross on it. Your bread will look like this:

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Preheat the oven for a couple of minutes at 170 º C and introduce your bread inside.

After 20 minutes open the oven and cover the bread with tin foil to avoid it get brown on top and not cooked in the inside. Leave it 20 more minutes, and after turn the oven off.

Let the bread cool down on the tray in the oven and after wrap it entirely with tin foil. This way it will not get dry and it will keep it fresh.

Here it is your bread, enjoy it!

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Yield: 1 beautiful bread; Difficulty: Easy; Time: 40-45 minutes in total

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