Which means, of course, Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
We are sharing our favourite soda bread recipe, easy and delicious. Enjoy!
SUSAN’S (NORTHERN) IRISH SODA BREAD
- 4 cups white whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1¾ cups buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 425°. Grease a large cast iron skillet or a Dutch oven. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda.
- Using a pastry mixer or fork, cut butter into the flour mixture until well-incorporated.
- Stir in caraway seeds.
- Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture, add egg and buttermilk to the well. Stir until just incorporated. Do not overmix! This makes the bread tough. Some lumps of flour are fine.
- Dust hands with flour and form into a round loaf. Place the dough into the prepared pan. Using a serrated knife, cut 1-2″ deep in a crosshatch fashion (this allows heat to penetrate through the dough).
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or until top is browned and bread sounds hollow when the bottom is tapped. If the top gets too brown too quickly, cover with aluminium foil while the bread finishes off.