Irish Soda Bread

I love Irish Soda Bread.  My aunt usually makes the loaves for the family and doles them out on St. Patrick’s Day.  I decided to take matters into my own hands and make some when I saw this recipe on Katie’s blog.  I had all of the ingredients and some buttermilk that was about to turn, so I went for it.  It definitely resembles a scone, like Katie said, but I liked it a lot.

Classic Irish Soda Bread
Cooks Illustrated

Ingredients:
3 c. bleached all-purpose flour , plus more for work surface
1 c. cake flour
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 1/2 tsp table salt
3 Tbsp unsalted butter (2 tablespoons softened + 1 tablespoon melted)
1 1/2 c. buttermilk

Directions:
-Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees.
-Whisk flours, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt in large bowl.
-Work softened butter into dry ingredients with fork or fingertips until texture resembles coarse crumbs.
-Add buttermilk and stir with a fork just until dough begins to come together.
-Turn out onto flour-coated work surface; knead until dough just becomes cohesive and bumpy, 12 to 14 turns. (Do not knead until dough is smooth, or bread will be tough.)
-Pat dough into a round about 6 inches in diameter and 2 inches high; place on greased or parchment-lined baking sheet or in cast-iron pot, if using.
-Place the loaf on a cookie sheet and cut a cross shape into the top.
-Bake until golden brown and a skewer inserted into center of loaf comes out clean or internal temperature reaches 180 degrees, 40 to 45 minutes.
-Remove from oven and brush with melted butter; cool to room temperature, 30 to 40 minutes.

 

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4 Responses to “Irish Soda Bread”


  1. 1 katie102006 March 17, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    I’m glad you thought so too! Sooooo good, just different. I ate the whole loaf though! 😉

  2. 2 BBKiddo March 17, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Mmmmmm, I love Irish soda bread. Maybe I’ll make some tonight 🙂

  3. 3 Andrea March 17, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Katie – It’s so addictive! I had to bring some to work today to share bc hubs went away on business and me + that loaf alone = bad news!
    BB – Def. try this recipe – it is so moist and delicious and is so easy to put together.

  4. 4 Alanna March 17, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Ooh, that looks delish! I wanted to make some, but Mike told me it would be easier on us (um, me?) if we just bought it. So, we went to the store, and the only Soda Bread we found had RAISINS in it! Barf! I know, it might be traditional or whatever, but NO THANKS. 😛 I should have just put my foot down and make it myself, like you did! 🙂


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