Irish Soda Bread is a rustic, hearty yeast-free bread that’s easy to make and heavenly drenched with sweet cream butter and a drizzle of honey. I always have to have a warm slice straight from the oven! 🤗 And it’s the perfect vehicle for sopping up dreamy brown gravies and rich broths in soups and stews.
Irish Soda Bread
4 cups unbleached flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
Optional: 2 tbsp. sugar (sweet) OR 2 tsp. garlic rosemary (savory)
14 oz. *buttermilk, but real buttermilk is best
*To make buttermilk: Add 1 tbsp. white vinegar to 1 cup of 2% or whole milk. Let sit for 5 minutes or more.
Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease and flour a cake pan or baking sheet.
Combine dry ingredients. Add milk to make a sticky dough. Place on floured surface to lightly knead and shape into slightly flattened round. Don’t over-knead or all the gases from the soda/buttermilk reaction will escape.
Place in pan and cut and X in the top. Cover with another pan and bake 30 minutes.
Remove cover and bake another 10-15. Bottom should sound hollow when tapped.
Cover with a moist towel. Store leftovers in a tightly sealed container or zipper bag.
Happy eating! 😊