Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Irish soda bread recipe

The Side Dish blog (the home of side dish and salad collection recipes) invites you to try Irish soda bread recipe. Enjoy quick and easy cooking recipes and learn how to make Irish soda bread.

Get the taste of Ireland with this fresh, no-fuss soda bread

Makes 1 loaf
Takes 45-55 minutes
Freezable (for up to 1 month)


250g plain white flour
250g plain wholemeal flour
100g porridge oats
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
25g butter , cut in pieces
500ml buttermilk


1. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C and dust a baking sheet with flour. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then rub in the butter. Pour in the buttermilk and mix it in quickly with a table knife, then bring the dough together very lightly with your fingertips (handle it very, very gently). Now shape it into a flat, round loaf measuring 20cm/8in in diameter.

2. Put the loaf on the baking sheet and score a deep cross in the top. (Traditionally, this lets the fairies out, but it also helps the bread to cook through.) Bake for 30-35 minutes until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. If it isn't ready after this time, turn it upside down on the baking sheet and bake for a few minutes more.

3. Transfer to a wire rack, cover with a clean tea towel (this keeps the crust nice and soft) and leave to cool. To serve, break into quarters, then break or cut each quarter in half to make 8 wedges or slices - or simply slice across. Eat very fresh.

Nutrition per serving:
296 kcalories, protein 11g, carbohydrate 56g, fat 5 g, saturated fat 3g, fibre 5g, salt 1.21 g

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2003.

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