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Irish Soda Bread Recipe: Feed Your Irish Side with this Simple Yet Delicious Food!
Our favorite Irish soda bread recipe is a simple and tasty way to bring the flavors of Ireland into your home! Here you will find our favorite approach and variations for this delicious expression of Irish culture.
Irish staple food uses bicarbonate of soda (also known as baking soda) for a
leavening agent along with a catalyst, usually buttermilk. The soda and buttermilk take the place of yeast.
And the best Irish Soda Bread recipe does
not have to be cooked in an oven either. For example it could be cooked
in a bastible pot (like a Dutch oven).
Where Does Irish Soda Bread Come From?
Soda Bread probably did not actually originate in Ireland... The earliest it is mentioned is leavened
bread made with soda ash by the American Indians.
of soda for use in baking was introduced to Ireland. It appears that
soda bread became a staple of the Irish diet between 1840 and 1845.
What Makes Soda Bread Famous?
is said that soda bread became so popular in Ireland, in part because
it is well suited for the soft grains that flourished there.
harder grains, soft grains do not do as well with yeast. This is because
of the lower gluten content. Bicarbonate of Soda was cheap to buy too.
It became a traditional staple for the Irish diet.
Why Carve a 'Cross' Into It?
traditional technique, before
the bread is cooked, is to carve the shape of a cross into the top. One reason is to help the bread heat evenly, although some believe it
religious meaning too.
When the bread is done, it breaks easily along
the lines of the cross.
But the best thing about Irish soda bread is also the most obvious. It tastes terrific!
Here are some common recipes...
White Irish Soda Bread Recipe: Ingredients
- 4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
White Irish Soda Bread Recipe: Preparation
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F
- Grease a round-shaped cake pan lightly and flour it.
a big bowl, sift the dry ingredients together to mix them well.
buttermilk until you get dough that is still sticky.
- Turn out onto a
floured board and slightly knead it (so that the gas does not totally
escape). Form bread dough into rounded shape to fit the round-shaped
- On the top on the bread, make a cross-shaped cut.
- Make a
lid using another cake pan of the same size (remember this bread was
cooked in pots with lids at one time).
- Cook the bread covered for 30
minutes. Then take the lid off and cook 15 more minutes. Bread is done
when hollow sounding when tapped on bottom.
- To keep the bread a
bit moist while cooling cover with a lightly dampened towel.
- Serve with
some butter and it is great with jelly or jam.
Brown Irish Soda Bread Recipe: Ingredients
- 1 cup of white flour the all-purpose type
- 3 cups of wheat flour or whole-meal flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
Brown Irish Soda Bread: Preparation
- Preheat an oven to the temperature of 425 degrees F.
- Grease a cake pan lightly and flour it.
a large mixing bowl, sift the dry ingredients together.
- Slowly mix in
the buttermilk until the dough is sticky.
- Very lightly knead on a
surface that is floured (be careful here not to let too much of the gas
- Shape the dough to fit into the round-shaped cake pan
make a cut in the shape of a cross across the top of it.
- Take another
pan and use as a lid this takes the place of the bastible pot
traditionally used; bake this for about 30 minutes.
- Take off the lid and
bake 15 more minutes.
- Tap on the bottom of this bread and if it
makes a hollow sound, it is done.
- Take a clean towel and cover it and
lightly dampen. This helps the bread stay moist as it cools.
- Serve with
butter. This Irish soda bread recipe is hearty enough to go with soup
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