No Fail Recipe For Irish Soda Bread
This recipe for traditional Irish Soda bread is super easy to make! It only takes about 5 minutes or so to prepare and mix the ingredients and around half an hour to cook. What’s more there is no messing about with yeast or waiting for the bread to rise and it tastes delicious! If you measure the ingredients according to the list and follow the instruction it really is “no-fail”. Why not have a go?
125g white flour
125g wholemeal flour ( I used Ruchmehl)
50g porridge oats
1/2 teaspoon soda bicarbonate
½ teaspoon salt
15g cold butter straight out of the fridge
250ml buttermilk (Buttermilch in German)
1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
2. Sieve the flours and soda bicarb in to a large mixing bowl. Add the salt and porridge oats and mix together.
3. Next cut the cold butter into small pieces and rub it into the flour mix gently with your fingertips.
4. Add the buttermilk, and quickly but gently mix together so it is comes together as one round ball of dough. If you don’t have buttermilk you can use just under 250 ml milk and a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar, which you leave to sit for around 5 minutes before adding. However, I find the buttermilk works better if you can get hold of it.
4. If you’re making a traditional round loaf, then dust a baking sheet with flour and place the round ball of dough in the middle and mark a deep cross all the way across with a knife ( legend says this is to let the fairies out). If you prefer to make it in a loaf tin (which is not quite as pretty but easier to cut into slices) then line a loaf tin with lightly buttered greaseproof paper (or ideally use a greaseproof loaf tin liner) and simply place the mixture on top.
5. Bake in the over for 25-35 minutes. Check with a skewer in the middle to see if it is cooked. You can also tap the bottom of the loaf to see if it sounds hollow.
6. Leave it on a wire rack to cool and cover it with a tea cloth to keep the edges soft.
This recipe makes one small loaf but you can easily double the recipe to make a larger loaf or make two smaller loaves and freeze one. It is delicious served warm with lashings of butter. If it is a few days old you can toast it or heat it up in the microwave for a couple of minutes and it will still be delicious.
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