White Soda Bread

 

 

Soda Bread 1

 

White Soda Bread

It is starting to feel a bit like fall here in New Jersey so  I decided to make a big pot of soup. I also wanted to make some crusty bread to enjoy with the soup.. I decided to try another form of soda bread, traditional white soda bread. Here in America we tend to think of soda bread as sweet with raisins or dried fruit. Traditional white Irish soda bread however is not sweet. Soda bread usually accompanies hearty meals like soups and stews, great for soaking and sopping up all the gravy. I have tried my hand at white soda bread before and I will admit a few times I was left with a very heavy hockey puck but not this time. This bread was very easy to make and was hearty but soft inside with a crusty exterior.

All you need to know about soda bread is that it’s really easy and quick to make. Fight the urge to over knead the bread more than necessary… I believe this is what I was doing wrong during my other attempts. Once you’ve mastered the basic mixture and technique, you can have a fresh hot loaf of soda bread  within an hour .

Once the dough is ready,  a cross is cut into the dough. The cross on the soda bread has several explanations, legend it was done to “let the devil  or fairies out” while it’s baking for good luck, and others say that it made it easy to divide into 4 pieces.

Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon unsalted butter and 1-2 tablespoons flour for preparing pan
  • 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1¾ cup buttermilk

 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Lightly butter and flour a round cake pan.

3. Using a large bowl, combine the flour, soda, salt and buttermilk. Turn out onto a floured surface and lightly knead, just for a minute or two.

4. Shape the dough into a round, flat shape, place in prepared pan and cut a cross into the top of the dough.

5. Cover the pan of dough with another round cake pan.

6. Bake for 30 minutes covered, then remove top pan and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

7. Enjoy warm, toasted or at room temperature with some good Irish butter.

 

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