Celebrate St. Patrick's Day With Irish Soda Bread
This classic, easy Irish soda bread recipe is perfect for sweet or savory applications.
Reminiscent of an American buttermilk biscuit, this Irish soda bread is quick and simple to make. Hot out of the oven, it is perfect to serve along with savory meals or with a bit of jam for breakfast.
- 3-1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1-1/2 cups buttermilk + 2 tablespoons
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Heat oven to 400˚F. Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk. Mix the buttermilk and dry ingredients together with your hands to fully combine, creating a dough that is soft, but not sticky. Add a small amount of flour as necessary to make a dough that is not wet.
Place the dough on a flat surface that is lightly floured. Knead the dough for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Form a ball with the dough and press it into a disk about 1-1/2 inches thick.
Liberally grease a cast iron skillet or casserole with butter. Place the disk in the center. Add two tablespoons of buttermilk to melted butter. Brush the top of the disk with the butter and buttermilk. Cut an ‘X’ across the top of the dough with the lines extending from one side to the other.
Bake at 400˚F for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350˚F and bake for another 30-40 minutes or until the center passes the clean toothpick test.