Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes Saint Patrick’s Day. Channel your inner leprechaun and make this delicious loaf of soda bread. Unlike traditional yeasted breads, soda bread relies on sodium bicarbonate to rise and is much quicker to make.
- a little oil or butter for greasing the pan
- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt (preferably kosher salt)
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. brown sugar
- 1 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt*
*If you don’t have buttermilk or yogurt, you can use 1 Tbsp lemon juice to 1 cup milk for the same effect. Make sure that you let it sit for about 15 minutes before using to allow for enough acidity to develop.
You will also need – oven gloves/potholders, a baking sheet, a whisk, a large mixing bowl, and a sharp knife
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- grease your baking sheet with a little oil or butter
- Mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda (using a whisk will ensure the smoothest dough) and then add the sugar.
- Stir in the buttermilk. Mix first with a spoon and then, as it comes together, use your hands to bring it together into a saft and firm ball. If it feels sticky, add a little more flour.
- Knead the dough for about a minute until it is smooth. Shape into a ball (as deep as you can make it) and place on your baking sheet. Using your knife, slash a deep cross across the top of the ball.
- Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes and then TURN THE OVEN DOWN to 400 degrees for another 15 – 20 minutes. The bread is done when you knock on the bottom of it and hear a hollow sound.**
** Don’t burn yourself!