Traditional Irish Soda Bread – The Irish Baker Abroad
This is a Traditional Irish Soda bread containing just 4 simple ingredients. Its a staple in a lot of Irish households. It’s easy to do, tastes great and you’ll have it shaped and baked in no time!
450g/ 3 2/3 cups of Plain Flour
3/4 tsp of Baking Soda/Bicarbonate
3/4 tsp of Salt
350ml/ 1 1/2 cups of Buttermilk approx.
For a brown version just replace half the flour or less with whole-wheat flour. Some flours hydrate differently so add or reduce the buttermilk if needed. Just go by the consistency in the video and you’ll be grand.
To substitute the buttermilk add about 2 tbsp of vinegar or lemon juice to 350ml of regular milk. Stir and let it stand for about 5-10 minutes
Mix the dry ingredients and run them through a sieve to evenly distribute the soda and to aerate the flour. Add the buttermilk and combine. The dough should be sticky but not too runny. Turn it out on to a floured surface and shape to a round ball.
I dusted it with some rice flour for decoration purposes. This is optional. It gives a nice contrast in color to the darkness of the bread. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Cut a cross on top using a knife and prick each section with the knife to let the fairies out. I’m guilty of forgetting this crucial step so I ended up trapping those poor little mythological creatures inside in this particular video but I made up for it in others!
Bake at 220C/428F for 15 minutes then lower the heat to 180C/356f and bake for a further 30 minutes.
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