Irish Soda Bread

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According to The Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread, traditional Irish soda bread has four ingredients:  flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk.  These are authorities that I will not question – at least when it comes to Irish bread products.

Notes:  While preparing this recipe, I didn’t deviate from “The Society’s” recommended proportions.  The technique, however, does vary slightly – mostly in an attempt to get a nicely browned crust while keeping the internal temperature to around 190 degrees to prevent drying out or over-baking.

Also, while this bread can be eaten as soon as it cools, I found that it is even better after cooling overnight — if you can wait that long!

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 pound all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Place Dutch oven on the lower middle rack. Preheat oven (and pot) to 450 degrees.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients with a whisk. Add buttermilk and mix together until it forms a sticky dough.
  3. Dust countertop and dough lightly with flour. Shape dough into a disc about 1 ½ inches high. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross pattern on the top of the dough.
  4. Place dough into Dutch over, cover with lid. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 25 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees.
  5. Remove lid and bake for additional 10-15 minutes until the top is browned.
  6. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter if desired. Place on a wire rack and cool to room temperature.
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