Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Irish Soda Bread

Posted by Quinn at Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Irish soda bread consist of real simple ingredients and only have baking soda as the raising agent. It is very filling and is a must amongst the Irish. This goes really well with an Irish Lamb Stew. Irish lamb stew needs to have Irish beer in it to be called an Irish but some people usually just substituted the Irish beer with chicken broth because it taste weird for many.

This recipe was given to me by a friend (Nope, he's not Irish!) and is so dead simple that anyone can do it. No eggs required in this recipe. Simple, easy and fast! No yeast, no need to wait for a long time before baking. Just baking soda as raising agent! I am so impressed with how easy this recipe is. Some people do add in sultanas in the dough but I'm gonna serve this with a savoury stew so I did not put in any If you like them, put them in. These are good eaten plain with butter and maple syrup too!


Irish Soda Bread

2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp fine salt
1 tsp castor sugar

2 tbsp butter, chopped
*1 tbsp lemon juice
*1 cup scant of milk (You can add more accordingly)

Start off by preheating oven to 190°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Lightly grease the baking paper and set aside for later use.

Sift the first two dry ingredients and add in combined salt and sugar in a mixing bowl.

Rub in the butter or pulse a couple of times in your processor until each and every butter bits are as big as the size of a pea or smaller.

The * components forms buttermilk. I do not have any in hand hence the substitution. Use the real buttermilk if you can get hold of it. Pour in the buttermilk to form a dough. It is very sticky so it's okay, you are on the right track. Invert out on a floured surface and form 2 equivalent size balls. Try to use as little flour as possible.

Place both ball of dough on the tray and use a sharp razor to cut an 'X' on the top. You can do a egg wash glaze and brush it on top of the dough at this stage. I was lazy and decided to go rustic-style. I dusted some plain flour on it and pop it into the oven to bake for 35-45 minutes.

Serve with more butter and good Irish Lamb Stew

This is a real good, sumptuous meal for St. Patrick Day.

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3 comments on "Irish Soda Bread"

Christine on July 29, 2009 at 12:23 AM said...

This is really something different, how's the taste & also the texture? Curious to know.

Anncoo on July 29, 2009 at 11:44 AM said...

Will use this bread to go with my thick curry chicken...haha...

Quinn on July 29, 2009 at 4:20 PM said...

Thanks Christine and Anncoo!
The texture doesn't really taste like bread though it's called a 'bread' because there's no yeast and bread flour in it. It tasted sweet, almost dense like. Very filling. I cannot finish one small bun myself!

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