Making your own very Irish soda bread isn’t just for special occasions like Saint Patrick’s day, you can make this recipe any day you like.
You can share your own hand made version with your friends and family or make it as a special treat for yourself or your spouse but either way making this classical Irish mans best friend couldn’t be easier, you don’t need to be a master chef to figure out how to make this one.
You don’t have to follow this recipe step by step, you can use this recipe as inspiration and come up with your own invention. Either that or you could add different ingredients and flavours such as raisins, seeds or maybe even honey. Get creative and never be afraid to make this Irish recipe into your own.
This bread is always best served warm, straight from the oven just like any other bread recipes. You can also wash it down with your favourite beverage such as a nice hot steaming coffee, milk, fruit juice or maybe even a glass of Guinness just like how the Irish do it. it’s also diet friendly as you can add all your favourite healthy snacks.
8 ounces of plain white flour.
8 ounces of plain wholemeal flour.
3.75 ounces of porridge oats.
1 tablespoon of bicarbonate soda.
1 tablespoon of salt.
1 ounce of non salted butter.
1 ½ pints of butter milk.
Preheat the oven gas mark 6, approximately 200 C.
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper with a dust of flour and place in the preheated oven to warm the tray.
Combine the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and rub the butter into the dry mix.
Gently pour in the butter milk whilst stirring the mixture together.
Once you get a thick doughy consistency , bring the dough together with your fingertips (remember to need lightly and gently).
Once the dough is thicker and more pliable, shape it into a round loaf ball (20cm/8in in diameter)
Place the loaf onto the warmed baking try and traditionally score a cross into the loaf.
Bake for 30 – 35 minutes until hollow and golden (occasionally take out and tap, if it sounds hollow then it’s ready, if its still soft and doesn’t hollow when tap, place it back into the oven).
Once baked transfer onto a wire rack and use a clean tea towel to cover the loaf (this lets the loaf cool whilst still being crusty and soft). Or you can just leave to cool on its own.
Serve broken into quarters or simply serve however suits you (Don’t forget the class of Guinness).
Do you see how easy and how joyful it is to make your own Irish soda bread by your very own hands? We did tell you, didn’t we?. Don’t forget to customise this recipe to your own likes and dislikes, try adding different ingredients and see what creations you can make from this classic loaf.
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