This easy to make soda bread recipe is the perfect accompaniment to the simple yet wonderful Irish lamb stew. It’s simply a must for any St Patrick’s Day celebration.
If you are having any kind of Irish dinner party, the soda bread will make a fantastic accompaniment.
Soda bread is a very popular staple in Irish food culture and is the prefect addition to serve with Irish lamb stew. Traditional soda bread contains just a few ingredients, flour, buttermilk, baking soda and salt.
It has a cross in the top to ‘let out the fairies’, so that the bread wont be jinxed by evil spirits! In reality however, it is to ensure that the heat penetrates the bread sufficiently allowing it to cook.
Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe
Ingredients you will need:
• 450g plain white flour, preferably unbleached
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
• 400ml buttermilk (or milk with a squeeze of lemon juice)
How to make this Irish Soda Bread:
1. Preheat the oven to 230c or gas mark 9.
2. Sift all the dry ingredients into a large wide bowl, make a well in the centre and pour in half the milk. With the lightest touch possible, mix the dry mixture with the milk. Continue to add the remainder of the milk but do not allow the dough to become too sticky.
3. Give a ‘gentle’ knead, but not too much otherwise you will make the dough heavy, After a light kneading pat the dough into a tidy ball and pat it into a round about 4cm thick. Gently transfer to a baking tray. Cut a deep cross into the loaf and prick the centre of each quarter to ‘let the fairies out’.
4. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 200ºC or Gas Mark 6 and bake for a further 30 minutes or until cooked. If you are in doubt tap the bottom of the bread and it should sound hollow. Cool on a wire rack.
Irish soda bread is best eaten fresh on the day that it was made.
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