This Irish Soda Bread Recipe is so easy and so delicious! Tender with a crunchy buttery top, this bread is perfect with soups and stews. No kneading, no yeast required.
Looking for a delicious addition to your dinner of soup or stew? This Irish Soda Bread is the perfect addition…smother slices with butter and dip them into your dinner. So good. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day (see below for a delicious St. Patrick’s Day menu idea).
About this Irish Soda Bread:
This Irish Soda Bread is a delicious quick bread that can be ready and on your dinner table in about 1 hour. It has a tender crumb and a nice crunchy, buttery crust. This bread requires no yeast and no kneading, so it’s really easy to make.
I like to brush the top of this Irish soda bread with a buttermilk/butter mixture while it bakes. This mixture gives it a nice buttery flavoured crust. You don’t have to do this, the bread will also turn out beautifully without it.
How to bake Irish Soda Bread:
Here is a quick visual of what the bread dough should like like before baking. Shape the dough into a ball about 8 inches wide, and place it on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Cut an X into the top if you like. Brush with buttermilk/butter and bake!
The story behind the X on top of Irish Soda Bread:
The story from Ireland, is that the X was cut into the top of the bread for superstitious reasons. Irish people believed that this X or cross would let the fairies out or ward off evil and protect their household. (source)
Irish Soda Bread Recipe Tips
- Flour: Use all purpose flour.
- Butter: Use cold, salted butter.
- Buttermilk Substitute: If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can substitute it with 1 + 1/2 cups sour cream plus 1/4 cup milk. OR: add 1 tbsp lemon juice to a measuring cup and top with milk until it measures 1 + 3/4 cups, let sit for 5 minutes, then proceed with the recipe.
- Storage: Keep this bread tightly wrapped on your counter, you don’t need to refrigerate it. This bread is best enjoyed within 1 to 3 days as it does dry out more quickly than traditional bread. If it becomes a little dry, toast it and slather on butter and jam!
- Line the baking pan with parchment paper so it doesn’t stick to the pan.
- Don’t over mix the batter or you will end up with a very dense loaf.
- Make sure to let your loaf cool before cutting it, or it will crumble.
- Freezing: This soda bread freezes well. Store in an airtight ziplock back for up to 3 months. You can freeze the bread whole as a loaf, or in slices. Let come to room temperature before reheating.
- Can I add raisins? Absolutely. You can add about 1 cup of raisins or currants…do this right after cutting the butter into the flour.
St. Patrick’s Day Menu
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Have a delicious day!