Making bread from scratch is time-consuming, until now! Irish Soda Bread is the EASIEST BREAD EVER to make. You’ll have the ingredients mixed and ready to put in the oven, before the oven has finished pre-heating – that’s how fast it comes together.
This is a traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe from my friend Brendan, a very friendly Irishman. In Ireland, it’s not called Irish Soda Bread; it’s just called Soda Bread. And depending on the type of flour that’s used, it’s either called, Brown Soda Bread (made with wheat flour) or White Soda Bread (made with white flour). I like to combine both. I use the whole-wheat flour for flavour and white flour for tenderness.
Traditional Irish Soda Bread has only 4 ingredients: flour, baking soda, buttermilk, and salt. That being said, all sorts of ingredients can be added. Sugar if you want it a little sweeter, eggs and butter for richness, nuts and seeds for crunch, or even Parmesan cheese and rosemary. But try making the basic recipe first, then start experimenting.
This is the kind of bread you serve with a cheese or smoked salmon platter, dipped in a rich stew or curry, or even toasted the next day with butter and jam.
Irish Soda Bread Tips:
- Another way to tell if the soda bread has finished cooking is to stick a skewer into the centre, it comes out clean, it’s done, if it doesn’t, stick it back in the oven for 5 more minutes.
- Rest the loaf on 2 upside down forks if you don’t have a cooling rack.
- Allow the bread to rest covered with a tea towel if you want a softer crust.
- You can butter or oil the baking sheet instead of using parchment paper.
Watch this video, it’s awesome. It will show you how easy soda bread is to make!