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Savory Irish Soda Bread

20 mins

1 loaf

What you are creating

Irish soda bread is a type of quick bread traditionally made with soda, flour, salt, and buttermilk. It has a dense, slightly crumbly texture and a mildly sweet flavor. It is a popular staple in Irish cuisine, and is often eaten with butter, jam, or cheese. It's a great accompaniment to many dishes, such as stews, soups, and salads.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F with a rack placed in the center.

  2. In a bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt. 

  3. Add the cold grated butter. Work the butter into the dry ingredients with your hands until you get the texture of course sand. 

  4. Next add the cheese, chives and buttermilk, using your hands combine until you form a soft dough. Add a small amount of additional buttermilk if necessary, until the dough binds together.

  5. Lightly flour your work surface and turn dough out onto work surface. Knead the dough and shape into a round roughly 5-6” in diameter. 

  6. Place dough on a non-stick baking sheet or a regular baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Alternatively you could also use a dutch oven lined with a piece of parchment paper.Using a knife cut a deep cross in the top.

  7. Place into preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes, then reduce temperature to 400°F, and bake for an additional 19 to 22 minutes, or until the loaf is evenly golden and crusty. It should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 15-20 mins.

  8. This bread is best served warm. 


Variations: Pancetta and Gruyere cheese or with any herb combination.

Ingredients
  • 2 ⅔ cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon fine kosher salt

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted cold butter, grated with a cheese grater

  • 1 cup grated Kerrygold Reserve Cheddar Cheese or other aged sharp cheddar

  • A good handful of chives, finely chopped

  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk

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Tags:

How to make Irish soda bread, soda bread, Irish soda bread, bread, quick bread

Categories:

Bread, Quick Bread

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