“Flour, salt, baking soda, buttermilk – anything else is tea cake.”I visited Ireland a few years ago and I remember a pub owner telling me this when I asked for the recipe for his delicious soda bread. You can find a thousand recipes for Authentic Irish Soda Bread, but if it varies from these 4 basic ingredients, it’s not the real thing. And you wouldn’t want the fae gettin’ all up in your business about that, now would ye?
Keyword: Authentic Irish Soda Bread
Author: Don Herman
4cupsFlourI recommend pastry flour rather than all-purpose. Traditional Irish wheat is soft, and pastry flour will mimic this better.
1 1/2tspBaking soda
1 to 1 3/4cupsButtermilk or sour milk. The liquid required will be determined by the flour choice. If you use whole wheat you’ll need more liquid than the 1 cup.
Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat sheet, or brush the sheet with melted butter or spray with non-stick spray.
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Gradually stir in 1 cup buttermilk, mixing gently with your fingers until dough is firm enough to be gathered into a ball. If dough crumbles, add more liquid 1 tbsp at a time, just until it holds together. Avoid kneading the bread! The less you handle it, the better!
Place on a lightly floured board and pat into an 8-inch flattened round loaf. It will look a bit rough. It’s supposed to.
Place the loaf on baking sheet and slash a 1/2-inch deep “X” into the top of the dough with a sharp knife.
Bake at 425 degrees F for about 45 minutes, or until the top is golden.
Serve warm with Irish Stew or Corned Beef and Cabbage. Sláinte!For a good video that shows how you form and mark the loaf, click here.
Authentic Irish Soda Bread https://bakingnaturally.org/st-patricks-day-recipes/ March 5, 2020