If there was ever a staple of traditional Irish cuisine, and a must-have on the breakfast table, it’s soda bread.
Be it the star of an Ulster fry (in farl form), or just eaten straight with butter or jam, it’s a favourite most Irish folk would recognize. It can come straight and thin, or heavy with nuts or raisins. But whatever your tastes, there’s a soda bread recipe out there for you. And everyone’s mum has a different one…
And we’re pretty sure you’ll be more than happy to eat it.
Makes one loaf.
- 450 g (1 lb.) plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- 1 tsp salt
- About 400 ml (14 fl oz.) buttermilk (though Kevin says sour milk with lemon juice will do in a pinch!)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the centre.
- Pour all of the buttermilk in. Using a large spoon, gently and quickly stir the liquid into the flour. It should be soft but not sticky.
- Place in a 2 lb, non-stick loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes until the loaf sounds hollow when turned out of the tin and tapped.
- Place on a wire rack to cool.
What pairs great with soda bread? Irish Stew, for one! We also cooked up some yummy Guinness Bread – feel free to place it next to soda bread in your recipe box. And you can check out other recipes from Kevin Dundon on his website.