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This crusty Irish soda bread recipe is made using four basic ingredients flour, buttermilk, salt and baking soda and it requires no yeast. It is the easiest quick no yeast bread recipe you would ever make. it’s a quick, easy and fail-proof. A great side to soup, stews and perfect on it own with a slather of butter or homemade marmalade.
let me show you how to make this traditional Irish soda bread with this easy step by step guide.
- Bread soda or Irish soda bread originates from Europe in the Americas!
- There are various types of soda bread depending on which part of Europe you are from.
- You can use white flour or whole wheat flour to make it and you can also use both types of flour.
- It is dense, delicious and rustic in appearance.
- Soda bread uses a leavening agent called ‘baking soda’ instead of yeast. Please note, this is not baking powder.
- Apart from flour, salt, baking soda and buttermilk, you can add other ingredients like raisins, eggs, caraway seed or nuts.
- The X sign on the bread is actually a sign of the cross and the point of it is to bless the bread and chasing out fairies at the same time.
- Buttermilk is popularly used to make this no yeast bread, but you can also use yogurt, I haven’t personally used yogurt for this recipe, but I have done with flatbread and it is fantastic.
- This bread is popularly served along with other dishes on St Patrick’s day.
Why this easy Irish soda bread recipe is so good
This is a no yeast bread recipe and doesn’t require any skills at all to make. It is very easy, and a child can make this bread under supervision.
Your kitchen smells amazing from the freshly baked bread
Irish soda bread is not only great on St Patricks’ day with Guinness beef stew or soups alone, it is perfect all year round and also good with butter, marmalade or chocolate spread.
No need to proof this bread as you would with other yeasted bread, thus making it the quickest homemade rustic bread to make when time is of the essence.
It is dense and delicious. The buttermilk and salt add tons of flavour to this quick bread.
Ingredients for no yeast bread
All-purpose flour (plain flour)
Some Irish bread recipe uses the ingredient listed below but for the purpose of today’s post, I want to keep the recipe basic
How to make Traditional Soda bread in easy steps
Preheat the oven at 200C/400F
To a large bowl, add all-purpose flour, salt and baking soda together then make a well in the middle.
Add buttermilk to the dry ingredients and mix together using a fork, table knife or your hand until it comes together.
Turn the dough onto a floured worktop and gently knead so it comes together that you can shape it. Never mind if it looks shaggy as long as you can work with it. Form a round shape and transfer the dough to a lined baking tray.
Using a serrated knife, cut a deep cross on the dough and place in the oven. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the bread is golden on the outer part.
How to make buttermilk
Don’t have buttermilk on hand, do not fret as you can make yours using these everyday ingredients. To make your own buttermilk at home, you would need the following.
Juice of 1 Lemon or white vinegar (about 2 tablespoons)
1 cup of milk (you can use full-fat or semi-skimmed) I used semi-skimmed for this quick bread
How to make it: this is very easy, you simply add the lemon juice or white vinegar to the milk. Stir together to combine and leave to sit on the counter in room temperature for about 10 to 20 minutes until the milk curdles. Use as desired. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Buttermilk can also be used in pancakes, to marinate chicken, or scones also known as biscuits.
Don’t go overboard with the baking soda, I don’t claim to be a skilled baker, so I always go safe on baking soda when a recipe calls for it.
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Easy Irish Soda Bread recipe (No Yeast Bread)
- 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 450g
- 350 ml buttermilk 12 oz
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Preheat the oven at 200C/400F
- To a large bowl, add all-purpose flour, salt and baking soda together then make a well in the middle.
- Add buttermilk to the dry ingredients and mix together using a fork, table knife or your hand until it comes together.
- Turn the dough onto a lightly floured worktop and gently knead so it comes together that you can shape it. Never mind if it looks shaggy as long as you can work with it. Form a round shape and transfer the dough to a lined baking tray.
- Using a serrated knife, cut a deep cross on the dough and place in the oven. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the bread is golden on the outer part.
- Take it out of the oven and leave to cool before serving. You can also eat while it is still warm
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