Connie’s Irish Soda Bread Recipe–even easier than no knead dough

Irish Soda Bread

I am late for the airport.  Or will be. Which is why I shouldn’t be posting.  But this is typical for me, “I’ll just insert complex activity before the taxi gets here in 1 minute”.   Anyway, our cheese club meets 5 times a year and for our first meeting (now held at Cheesewerks –now serving amazing brunches!) was broken up into a few subjects.  One was Irish cheese and Connie, who presented it, made this Irish Soda Bread.  So soft.  So tender and dense.  So “make in a jiff”.   As in, 45 minute and done (35 minutes for baking).

IRISH SODA BREAD

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbs sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 425°F.
Make a well in the flour.
In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients.
Add wet to dry all at once and mix with hands or wooden spoon just to combine.
Knead on floured surface to form ball that holds together.

Split the loaf in two and make two smaller loaves.
Place side by side on parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake at 425 for 35 minutes.

After 35 minutes give to bottoms on the bread a little knock, if they sound hollow they are done.

To make a whole wheat version, substitute 2 cups whole wheat flour for 2 cups all-purpose (50/50 split).
Add 1 cup of raisins.  Some “traditional” recipes added caraway seeds as well.

**Maybe Connie will answer this: why don’t you mix all the dry together and just add the buttermilk to that?  Is there a reason?  I did it as per these instructions and it worked, but it was against my instinct!

Cheese Club at Cheesewerks. How perfect.

For those curious, here is our cheese club meeting,table loaded with cheese and goodies.  Jill is presenting about her and Lisa’s trip to NY to take a Cheese Boot Camp at Murray’s Cheese.

Cheese Tasting

Here we were pairing different cheese styles with sweet, salty, sour.

And now, I am off to NYC for a 2 day Master class in Cheese At Artisanal.  WHOOT!!!!   Crap, I’ve really got to get going.

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5 responses to “Connie’s Irish Soda Bread Recipe–even easier than no knead dough

  1. Carolann

    Thanks for the recipe!I will be making this one for sure.CA

  2. I am making this tonight or tomorrow! Thank you and Connie for this!
    Hope you had an amazing course- looking forward to the update.
    -J

  3. Enjoy–it’s so good! With jam…or with soup or stew…or with jam.

  4. So I made it on Friday night for our weekly Festive Friday feast and I misread the instructions and made four loaves instead of two, and they came out hard-ish and tasting like pretzel, which my boyfriend loved. I think I over-kneaded it despite trying to not overknead. I’m committing to attempting the No-Knead recipe you’ve posted and this time, this time, no kneading!!!!!!!!! :S
    -J

  5. Oh no!!! You must give it one more try! If you did 2 loaves it would have worked I know it. And you can knead this a bit, I think that is OK.
    I feel like the recipe must be redeemed–I should send you a loaf in the mail!

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