March 14, 2017

Irish buttermilk soda bread for #Breadbakers | Easy Quick breads

It's lovely to be back amongst the #breadbakers group. Having missed out on the previous editions, I was keen to bake bread for this month. St.patricks day bakes and breads is being celebrated this month as a theme , hosted by Wendy and I present this quick to make Irish soda buttermilk bread. Wiki tells me "Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (IrishLá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland." 

It uses bicarbonate of soda as a leavening agent and buttermilk is a welcome egg substitute. Altho traditionally shaped as a boule, I made it in a loaf pan and it came out pretty crumby. The only change I would make next time is use a smaller loaf pan so that the height of the loaf is better.

All in all, we loved it as a toast the next morning . I should also learn to wait for the loaf to cool down n get better slices ; guess baking after a really long break took the better of me :)) 

Let's see how to make it. Adapted from here, 

You would need 

Self raising flour - 170 g
maida / Plain flour - 170 g
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Soda (aka baking soda) - 1/2 tsp
around 250 - 270 ml of buttermilk (not too runny or too thick either)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F/200C
  2. Tip the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl and stir.
  3. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk, mixing quickly with a large fork to form a soft dough. (Depending upon the absorbency of the flour, you may need to add a little milk if the dough seems too stiff but it should not be too wet or sticky.) - I used a stand mixer n surprisingly the dough came together very quickly - probably in under 3-4 minutes. 
  4. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.
  5. Form into a round and flatten the dough slightly before placing on a lightly floured baking sheet. This is where I turned the dough onto a loaf pan (the 9*5 pan was very large for this quantity so I would use a smaller pan next time) 
  6. Cut a cross on the top and bake for about 30-32 minutes ; (I made a few slashes on the top, but guess they weren't deep enough ) or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.


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8 comments:

  1. Bread looks awesome. Perfectly baked.

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  2. I'm so glad you decided to join us again. Your loaf sounds delicious.

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  3. Nice, have never seen a soda bread in "loaf" rather than "boule" form

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  4. Love your loaf of soda bread. I've always made mine round. I'd love a slice with some butter and jam! :)

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  5. Love this loaf! Toasted with butter sounds delicious!!

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  6. lovely soda bread in a different shape. Looks delicious.

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  7. Such a lovely loaf!! Soda Bread in any form looks yummy to me :)

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  8. That's a a lovely soda bread Kalyani.

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