Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Irish Soda Bread with Garlic Herb Butter

Ingredients

Dough

  • 170g Plain Wholemeal Flour
  • 170g Self-Raising Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 300ml Buttermilk – as an alternative to buttermilk, add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to 300ml of a milk of your choice. This also works with plant-based alternatives, we used unsweetened soya milk.

Garlic Herb Butter

  • 85g Salted Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Granules
  • 1 tbsp Dried Mixed Herbs

Method

1. Preheat the oven to  180C conventional/ 160C fan/ gas 4.
2. Tip the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl and mix together.
3. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk, mixing quickly with a wooden spoon to form a soft dough. If your dough is too stiff, add a little milk. If it is too wet and sticky add a dusting of flour.
4. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly.
5. Form into a ball and flatten the dough slightly before placing on a lightly floured baking sheet.
6. Cut a cross, roughly 3cm deep on the top and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
7. While your bread bakes, melt the butter in a small pan and add the garlic and herbs.
8. Pour the butter mix into a small bowl and place in the fridge to solidify.
9. Once your bread is baked, remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
10. Put the hardened butter in a blender and mix well until light and fluffy. Roll into a sausage shape and wrap with cling film. Return to the fridge to set.
11. Serve and enjoy! This traditional Irish bread and butter is delicious served with smoked salmon, and if you like, perhaps a Guinness!
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