I was first introduced to Irish Soda Bread in college by one of my housemates. She would dye her bread green, which we all loved because it just looked hilarious. However I like the way it looks naturally. It's an extremely dense and rustic bread, perfect for dipping into your favorite stew. Or like I said, spreading some jam on it. Either way, this bread is seriously so easy to make!
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup buttermilk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir in butter. If you don't have a stand mixer (I would kill for one), don't try to use a hand mixer...it goes everywhere! Just use a whisk, or even better, clean hands.
4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead softly.
5. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet.
6. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk. Brush the loaf with this mixture.
8. Bake in preheated oven and continue brushing the loaf with the butter mixture ever 10-15 minutes.
9. Bake for about 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
- The outside of the loaf might look done but the inside could still be dough-y, so definitely insert that toothpick!
- For a more traditional Irish Soda Bread, you can also add raisins to the dough.