There is nothing like the aroma of freshly baked bread wafting through the house. Pair it up with some golden Irish butter and you have a meal fit for a king. Irish bread is amongst the best in the world. With fantastic produce such as buttermilk, flour, and butter this Irish soda bread recipe is designed to feed 5 people with no leftovers or mess. I’ve omitted the salt as you’ll eat this on the day it’s baked, but if you want to preserve it for a little longer then add a small pinch of salt which will act as a preservative.
There’s no dough to knead or prove. This is one of the ultimate forms of Irish fast food!
Don’t forget to watch out for those little purple labels saying “love your loaf” which you’ll find in supermarkets, shops and bakeries that sell local bread in celebration of National Bread Week.
- 100g strong white flour
- 100g coarse wholemeal flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 25g salted butter, softened100ml buttermilk
- Extra buttermilk for dabbing on top & some seeds of your choice.
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celcius and line a baking tray.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda & butter until you get small breadcrumbs.
Pour in the buttermilk and loosely mix until it all comes together in a dough. If it’s a little dry add a small amount of water.
Once you have a loose dough, shape into a round with your hands. Put the dough lightly onto a baking tray and using a sharp knife, cut a deep cross into the bread but don’t cut through the whole way. Brush the top of the bread with extra buttermilk and sprinkle with seeds of your choice.
Bake for approximately 35 minutes. Turn off the oven, remove the bread from the tray and wrap in a damp tea towel then return it to the warm oven to cool. This gives you a soft crust. If you like a hard crust then leave to cool on a rack with no damp tea towel.