Monday, March 19, 2012

Mom's Secret Irish Soda Bread Recipe

I wasn't home for St. Patrick's Day last year, and my mom and dad celebrated with my husband, just the three of them! My mom made him Irish Soda Bread, which he had never had before, and he commented, of course, about how GREAT it was! He made my mother promise she would give me the recipe, and she said she would, but then...when it came down to it, it took me a year of "whining" that I didn't have it to finally procure a copy! Thanks mom! LOL!

Yield: 1 Loaf

Fresh out of the oven, this bread is a great accompaniment to soups or stews, and leftovers make fine toast.


3 cups bleached all-purpose flour , plus more for work surface
1 cup cake flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (2 tablespoons softened + 1 tablespoon melted)
1 1/2 cups buttermilk


1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk flours, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt in large bowl. Work softened butter into dry ingredients with fork or fingertips until texture resembles coarse crumbs.

2. Add buttermilk and stir with a fork just until dough begins to come together. Turn out onto flour-coated work surface; knead until dough just becomes cohesive and bumpy, 12 to 14 turns. (Do not knead until dough is smooth, or bread will be tough.)

3. Pat dough into a round about 6 inches in diameter and 2 inches high; place on greased or parchment-lined baking sheet or in cast-iron pot, if using. Place the loaf on a cookie sheet and cut a cross shape into the top.

4. Bake until golden brown and a skewer inserted into center of loaf comes out clean or internal temperature reaches 180 degrees, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter; cool to room temperature, 30 to 40 minutes.

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