Easier to bake than driving to the store!
Irish White Soda Bread is a really quick Irish bread to make and very tasty! Soda bread only takes 2-3 minutes to make and 30-40 minutes to bake. It is certainly one of Darina Allen’s “Great Convertibles”. She has the greatest fun experimenting with different variations and uses. Try adding olives, sun dried tomatoes or caramelized onions!! The possibilities are endless for the hitherto humble soda bread.
Ballymaloe Recipe for White Soda Bread
1 lb (450g/4C) white flour, preferably unbleached
1 level teaspoon (1/2 American teaspoon) kosher salt
1 level teaspoon (1/2 American teaspoon) baking soda
12-14 fl ozs. appox. of buttermilk or sour milk
First fully preheat your oven to 450F
Sieve the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center. Pour most of the buttermilk in at once. USING ONE HAND, MIX THE FLOUR FROM THE SIDES OF THE BOWL, ADDING MORE MILK IF NECESSARY. The dough should be softish, not too wet or sticky. When it all comes together, turn it out onto a well floured work surface. STOP AND WASH AND DRY YOUR HANDS. Tidy the dough up and flip over gently. Pat the dough into a round about 1 1/2 inches deep and cut a cross on it to let the fairies out!!!!! Let the cuts go over the sides of the bread to make sure of this. Bake in a hot oven, 450F for about 15 minutes, then turn down the oven to 400F and continue to bake the bread for 6-30 minutes or until cooked. If you are in doubt, tap the bottom of the bread: if it is cooked it will sound hollow.
THE MORE OFTEN YOU BAKE THIS LOVELY BREAD THE EASIER IT WILL BECOME. Promise!! I often bake two and share one with a neighbor or nearby friend. It is really awesome fresh out of the oven, however it is also delightful toasted the next morning, if there is any leftovers.