Irish Soda Bread is a quick and easy to make rustic bread with a crispy crust on the outside and soft and chewy texture inside.
This recipe uses very basic ingredients from your kitchen and is one of the quickest bread recipe that I have prepared so far. If you always prepare yeast-based bread and want some change in the taste of the bread then try the recipe below. Having tried different bread recipes, I honestly admit that my family loves yeast bread over a soda bread.
Traditionally buttermilk is used in the recipe. But if you really do not want to buy buttermilk for just one recipe than add yogurt instead of buttermilk (that is for ¾ cup of yogurt add ¼ cup of water and whisk to get buttermilk consistency).
Preparation time : 1 hour
Serve : 1 loaf
Ingredients for Irish Soda Bread
All purpose flour - 3 ½ cup
Baking soda - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 ½ tsp
Sugar - 1 ½ tsp
Buttermilk - 2 cups (*check for the substitute in the tip section)
Steps to prepare Irish Soda Bread
- Preheat the oven to 425 degree F even before you start preparing the dough.
- In a bowl, add all purpose flour, salt, sugar, baking soda and mix well.
- Make a well at the center and pour buttermilk little by little and simultaneously mix using your fingers till it comes together to form a soft dough. It should not be wet or sticky and remember not to knead the dough.
- Transfer the dough to a working surface and pat it to form a round loaf.
- Place the dough on a baking sheet and using sharp knife or blade, score to form 'X' from one end to another.
- Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes until you get golden crust or hollow sound when tapped from bottom.
- Allow it cool down completely even before you slice them.
- Irish Soda Bread is now ready. Serve and enjoy.
- You can use yogurt instead of buttermilk. To get the buttermilk consistency, add ¼ cup of water for ¾ cup of yogurt and whisk. I have also tried the recipe using 1 ½ cup of yogurt and ½ cup of water and it turned out tasty.
- The amount of buttermilk or yogurt required in the recipe depends on the flour brand, thickness of buttermilk or yogurt as well as weather conditions.