Real Soda Bread
I'll just say it: I'm a bread person. I like gluten. I like carbs. I like dough. I love to make yeasty-kneady-proofy bread. But soda bread, SODA BREAD is so easy and delicious that when it comes out of the oven you'll think you're ready to compete on The Great British Baking Show.
There is actually a Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread and they say that any recipe requiring more than the following four ingredients is a tea cake not a soda bread so no knead (get it?) to overcomplicate things.
- 4 cups of flour
- 1 Teaspoon baking soda
- 1 Teaspoon salt (I usually add a smidge more)
- 1 1/4 cup of buttermilk
That's it! Preheat the oven to 425, mix the dry ingredients, add the buttermilk so that it forms a sticky dough, knead a little if everything isn't incorporated (if it's too moist or dry add a bit more buttermilk or a bit more flour). Shape it into a round loaf and throw it in your dutch oven. Bake for 30 minutes covered and then 15 minutes uncovered until it's golden and let it rest for a bit before you dig in.
So if you don't want to drink green beer in an overcrowded bar this St. Patrick's day, make a loaf of this delectable bread, slather it with butter and jam and have a cup of tea.