Soda Bread

7 Apr

Before moving to my favourite city in the world (Vancouver), my sister and I spent a year living in Dublin, Ireland. To put it politely, living in Dublin was an experience…an experience that I’m not too keen on re-visiting.

It was during our year there that we both developed a love for Irish soda bread. If you have not had the pleasure of munching on a fresh slice of soda bread, you are missing out. The bread is slightly sweet (just a little) and very dense. It is some seriously heavy bread (it feels like a little brick)!

There was a little cafe in Dublin called the Avoca Cafe and we would often go there on weekends for brunch. I received the “Avoca Cafe Cookbook” as a going-away gift from some friends of mine and recently, whilst flicking through the book, I found this recipe and had to try it out. It was fantastic and tasted exactly how I remembered it. It is extremely simple to make (my favourite type of recipe) and you hardly need any ingredients at all. In fact, you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry right now. Great to accompany a hearty stew or soup.

Soda Bread – Makes 1 large loaf

450g (1lb) plain flour
1 level teaspoon of bicarbonate soda
1 teaspoon of caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
About 400ml of buttermilk

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Gradually mix in the buttermilk to make a moist dough. Place in a greased 900g/2lb loaf tin and bake in an oven preheated to 230C or 450F. Bake for 30 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when turned out of the tin and tapped underneath. Place on a wire rack to cool.


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