This post is a wee bit late to the party. Having just celebrated our lovely green holiday I took a stab at creating the old loaf that usually accompanies the meal— he Authentic Irish Soda Bread. Historically the low cost loaf adorned the poor families and peasant’s table. With minimal ingredients, the loaf is extremely easy (and cheap!) to make, I’ve added currents and other dried fruits to the dough per popular demand in my home (though traditionally they are left out). Ingredients include baking soda, buttermilk, all purpose flour, and salt.
We didnt have buttermilk, so all readers without, no fear substitute is near!
Buttermilk traditionally would be lounging in the refrigerator, a bi-product from making the week’s butter. The perfect recipe to use up said buttermilk is a good loaf of soda bread.
What? You don’t have a couple cups of slightly soured milk lying around? There is a fast track trick that will give you everything you need from buttermilk. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to one cup of whole milk and let sit for 5-10 minutes. The milk begins to slightly curdle and separate, you now have a substitute at your disposal.
I guiltily added the raisins to the dough, I couldn’t help it, I love them! And my family voted for the dried fruit. I will absolutely be replicating the recipe when currents are back in season and I don’t have to resort to their dried little raisin cousins.
Soda bread obviously is not made just for St. Patrick’s Weekend, usually this hearty bread is made to endure a few days of sitting on the counter, or a sit down meal or two. I am hoping to inspire others to set their next feast with the very easy homemade bread! I grabbed the basis of this recipe from Imen McDonell’s cookbook Farmette. Check out other traditional Irish cooking recipes on her blog: http://farmette.ie or pick up the gorgeous cookbook yourself!
1 ¾ cup of whole milk
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
3 ½ cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp of salt
- Set the oven to 450*
- Pour milk in seperate bowl and mix in the tablespoon of lemon juice gently, let sit for 5-10 minutes (until you start to see some separation)
- Sift flour, baking soda and salt together
- Create well in middle of dry mixture and add buttermilk (flour your hands!) Begin to combine wet and dry ingredients by hand
- Flip mixture onto floured surface and knead the dough
- Knead and form dough into one inch disk
- Slice an X on the top of dough, to continue tradition, allow dough to breath and ward off bad omens
- Butter clay baking stone or pizza stone (baking sheet will also work)
- Put in oven for 15 @ 450*
- Reduce oven heat to 400* and continue to bake for 25-30