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Irish Soda Bread

We learned how to make Irish soda bread in a tiny cottage in Ireland. Here are the steps to creating authentic, real Irish soda bread.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Brunch
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Bread
Calories: 1022kcal
Author: Eden

Equipment

  • Griddle

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda It’s about 1 teaspoon baking soda per 150 grams of all-purpose flour.
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk full-fat buttermilk

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl add flour and add in the baking soda.
  • Add in the salt and give it a stir using a wooden spoon.
  • Make a hole in the center of the flour and fill it with good quality buttermilk.
  • Then, using a wooden spoon, mix until it’s a thicker consistency, but not too sticky. You want a light, airy dough ball.
  • Add more flour or buttermilk until you get the right texture.
  • Place the dough on a flat surface with flour, so it doesn’t stick, and knead it lightly. Pretty much just toss it around until it’s not sticky and roll it into a ball!
  • Flatten the ball and roll it out a little until it’s about a 2″ thick round disc.
  • Cut the disc in 4 and place on a hot griddle. Tracey uses a griddle similar to this for making the bread. It worked really well and would be great for Irish potato bread too!
  • Leave it on the griddle until the bread rises. Then seal it by turning on each side to brown. Enjoy it while it’s warm!

Notes

This recipe is based on what we did in our Irish soda bread class in Ireland. Technically, there is no actual written recipe for creating Irish Soda Bread.
It’s based on four ingredients and texture. It’s all about having the right balance of each ingredient until it feels right in your hands. You get the hang of it after a few attempts. 
Add more flour or buttermilk if you need. 

Nutrition

Calories: 1022kcal | Carbohydrates: 200g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 3874mg | Potassium: 511mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 297IU | Calcium: 245mg | Iron: 12mg