Irish Soda Bread is a quick bread made using Baking Soda (Bicarbonate of Soda) as a raising agent.
The main ingredients are flour, baking soda, butter, salt and buttermilk. It’s important to note that the buttermilk cannot be substituted with plain milk because baking soda needs to react with the acid in buttermilk to produce carbon dioxide which will cause the bread to rise.
The buttermilk can be substituted with yoghurt or sour milk but I find that buttermilk always gives the best results.
Most soda bread recipes call for half white and half whole wheat flour. This gives the best results. The recipe I use also calls for self-raising flour. Because self raising flour is very expensive, I usually just add a teaspoon of baking powder.
Soda bread is best eaten fresh, preferably on the day of baking.
To vary the recipe you can add dried fruits (raisins or sultanas) before mixing the dough
Soda bread is best stored in an airtight container and eaten within two days of baking.
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