Does anyone else feel almost jetlagged because of daylight savings? You wouldn’t think one hour would make that big of a difference, but I could barely get out of bed this morning! Although I will be very happy when it is still light out when I leave work. It will almost make the lost hour of sleep worth it. Almost.
But what did finally get me out of bed this morning was the thought of this Irish Soda Bread waiting for me! Soda bread, toasted, slathered with butter – what a perfect breakfast. And the bread couldn’t be easier to make!
With St. Patrick’s day only a week away, Pinterest is blowing up with soda bread recipes! It totally put me in the mood to make some. And then it made me wonder why I don’t make this more often because seriously it is one of the easiest bread recipes out there. No yeast. No mixer. Just a teeeeeny amount of kneading. The whole thing is in the oven about 5 minutes after you start. Doesn’t get easier than that!
And then, after about 45 minutes, you have a loaf of freshly baked bread! And you can proceed to be extremely impressed with yourself. I always am after I bake a loaf of bread.
If you’ve never had soda bread, it is denser than a typical loaf of yeast bread. The crust is crunchy and the crumb is tender. There are lots of varieties of soda bread, but in this particular loaf, the flavor is slightly sweet (which is probably why I like this recipe).
The one constant in all soda bread recipes is buttermilk and baking soda. These two ingredients are why you don’t need yeast! I mixed raisins into the dough, although you could use currants, dried cranberries, or just leave out the fruit altogether. I also added caraway seeds! They add such an interesting flavor, and they taste great with the sweet raisins.
The key to having a tender loaf of soda bread is to not overwork the dough. You mix together the ingredients with a fork, and then when the dough is just starting to come together, you dump it out onto a lightly floured board or a silpat (silicone mat). I like to use the silpat because then the soda bread dough doesn’t stick, and you don’t need to add extra flour. You knead the dough just until it becomes a cohesive mass. You don’t want the dough to be smooth, like a regular yeast loaf. Rather, you want it to be slightly bumpy. This is a rustic loaf, so it won’t look perfect, but the texture will be perfect!
This soda bread is so good fresh out of the oven! It is also amazing toasted the next day. It is great for breakfast or alongside a bowl of soup. It should definitely be part of your St. Patrick’s day celebration!
If you are looking for more easy bread recipes, I have you covered!
English Muffin Bread (no kneading required)
No-Knead Irish Brown Bread, made with Guinness
Cinnamon Chip Bread (no kneading required)