What do you do to look and feel cool? I bake. Baking liberate me from stress, it also helps in regulating my blood circulation, and all the kneading does that. You don’t want to see me when I’m stressed, I just don’t look like me, hence, I bake! The recipe I’m sharing today is for Traditional Irish Soda Bread, this soda bread requires few seconds of kneading but the taste brings more than just an inner peace.
Traditional Irish Soda Bread Tips
You have to keep few things in mind when baking Traditional Irish Soda Bread. Extra kneading will result in tough and dry bread, so keep the kneading to few seconds, and you will have a light and moist texture from the inside.
While baking Irish Soda Bread, you have to remember that the bread might be done baking, but won’t have that golden dark color you are looking for, the oven you used and its temperature can be the reason. The best way to know if the bread is ready, simply insert a thin skewer in the middle of the bread, it should come out clean. Do not over bake Irish Soda Bread.
Usually, Traditional Irish Soda Bread is served with butter or jam on the side, and the best time to have it is when it’s just out of the oven. Irish soda bread with raisins brings a balanced sweet flavor, buttermilk is another star and it contributes in creating the moist texture of this Irish soda bread.
I have to mention that this soda bread has a crunchy crust if you prefer a softer crust all you have to do is cover Irish soda bread with a towel for few minutes while still hot. There is another recipe for Irish Soda Bread on my blog and it has egg in it.
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As for my recipe, here you go!
- 3 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon +1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ cup raisins
- 1 cup buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, add all the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the raisins.
- Gradually add the buttermilk until the dough comes together. You will have a sticky dough.
- Generously dust your hands with flour and shape the dough into a ball. Place on baking sheet. Press the dough down to 2.5”.
- Dust a sharp serrated knife, score the dough an inch deep creating an (X) or a (+) shape.
- Bake the bread for 35 to 40 minutes.
- Serve Hot with butter or jam.