My Mother's Homemade Irish Soda Bread
Soda bread is a staple for any irish diet. And since I was pretty much raised on it, I miss it very much. So I have taken my mother's recipe, tweaked it slightly and I present you with my recipe for Irish Soda Bread.
This recipe contains flour (whole wheat), all-purpose flour, baking powder, sunflower seeds, oats, salt, buttermilk, water
1 Large Loaf servings
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 tsps baking powder
- 1 cup sunflower seeds (1/4 cup for decoration)
- 1 cup oats
- 1 tsp salt
- 500 mls buttermilk
- 100mls water
- 1. Put oven to 400 F
- 2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and make a well in the center. Add the buttermilk and stir until you have a dry pale dough.
- 3. Add water a little at a time until the dough comes together. Make sure you don't add too much water as this can make the dough too wet and give the loaf an impossibly hard crust.
- 4. Lightly dust a workspace with some flour. Knead the dough and keep adding flour till it becomes easy to work with and roll into a ball.
- 5. Place the ball on a lined baking sheet and shape it out into a circle or an oval shape like the photo above.
- 6. Score a cross into the loaf with a knife and sprinkle the 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds on top, pushing them into the dough gently. Bake for 20 mins, turn the tray around, and bake for another 20 mins.
- 7. Let cool for 20-30 mins. If you cut into it as soon as it's out of the oven, the bread will turn doughy at the centre and won't be a very nice texture.