Our group Tuesdays with Dorie- Baking with Julia chose to bake this traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe., and I am so glad we did. This bread is very easy and fast to prepare. It has only four ingredients- unbleached all-purpose flour, baking soda, buttermilk and salt.
Stir the dry ingredients with a fork in a medium bowl.
Then add the buttermilk and mix it up until the dough comes together. With the buttermilk, you can also add the raisins or other stir-ins that inspire you such as dried cherries, currants, craisins, orange zest, cheese, herbs….
When you turn the dough out on a floured surface, knead it gently – not too much. Pat it into a disc. Cut an “X” into the top
Place on a greased pan.
Bake for 50 minutes till golden brown. Let it cool completely before slicing.
Spread on butter or cream cheese and maybe a dollop of apricot jam.
I baked this recipe twice. The first time I wanted to add a cup of raisins and forgot to mix it in with the buttermilk. So I baked it again on St. Patrick’s Day and added that cup of raisins. I also used half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour. Both breads were delicious, but the family favorite was the whole wheat and raisin.
Be sure to wrap any leftover bread in saran wrap and a ziplock bag. We re-heated it the next day in the oven wrapped in aluminum foil and proceeded to finish it up for breakfast. It was still yummy! After a couple of days the bread will be hard so if you don’t plan on eating it right away, a good idea would be to freeze half the bread. When you hear it calling your name, re-heat it and enjoy! (I don’t know about you, but it isn’t easy for me to forget that there are homemade baked goods in the house!)
(And thanks to my special helper, Zoe, my clean-up crew!)