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.
This 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).
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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.
In 1840, bicarbonate 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.
It is said that soda bread became so popular in Ireland, in part because it is well suited for the soft grains that flourished there.
Unlike the 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.
One 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 has 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...
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