Easy recipe for Irish Soda Bread

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, a recipe for Irish Soda Bread.  Once on a trip to Ireland I ate Lobster Bisque and Irish soda bread and enjoyed it very much. I hope you will too!

Soda Bread With Onion

These are the ingredients:

1 Large onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil

3 cups (500 g) white bread flour

1/2 teaspoon  salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 1/2 cups (600 ml) buttermilk

2 teaspoons caraway seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 C) and grease a baking sheet.

In a heavy pan, cook the onion in a tablespoon of the oil until dark brown and crisp but not burned. Cool.

Sift the flour and salt together. Dissolve the baking soda in 1 tablespoon of the buttermilk. Add this, with the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil, to the rest of the buttermilk.  Add the onions and seeds to the flour. Make a well in the center and add the liquid. With a fork, mix it all together thoroughly, mixing lightly until you have a fairly smooth texture, but don’t knead.

With floured hands, shape the mixture into a round cake, cut a cross in the top, transfer to a baking sheet, and bake until the loaf gives a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom, about 40 minutes.

Note: If buttermilk isn’t available, use fresh milk and 2 teaspoons of baking powder.

From: The Best of Irish Country Cooking by Nuala Cullen (2015)

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Calm Pond

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