Soda bread is one of the most iconic Irish foods.
It is a great alternative to normal bread, as it is much quicker to prepare and bake. It can also be served instead of scones or cakes as a sweet, if cooked with fruit and sugar.
There are various ways of making it, depending on what part of Ireland you are in. In Ulster, Soda Bread is traditionally made with white flour and is savoury. Bread made with wholemeal flour and sweetened with sugar is usually referred to a ‘Wheaten Bread’.
Throughout the south of Ireland, the wholemeal flour bread is known as ‘Brown Bread’, with Soda Bread being the white sweetened version.
Soda Bread is made without any yeast, and it is the baking soda mixing with the lactic acid in the buttermilk that causes it to rise.
Irish Soda Bread Recipe
What you will need
4 and 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
3 tablespoon of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 cup of raisins
1 egg (slightly beaten)
1 and 3/4 of a cup of buttermilk
Optional extra ingredients
Here is a YouTube video taking you through the Soda Bread recipe step-by-step. It is the same method to make savoury Soda Bread, just don’t add the sugar and fruit.