I really dislike using yeast when I make breads. I tend to have a difficult time with it, can't tell when it's ready, or it has already died by the time I get around to using it. For one of my last recipes I wanted to make an Irish Soda Bread to go along with a Zucchini, Bacon & Blue Cheese Soup. (You can find the soup recipe HERE.) The great thing about this sort of bread is that it is VERY easy to make. It doesn't take much time, and it comes out delicious! You can also add in raisins. I'm even considering adding in Craisens next time I make this.
- 4 Cups - All Purpose Flour
- 4 TBSP - Sugar
- 1 Tsp - Baking Soda
- 1 TBSP - Baking Powder
- 1/2 Tsp - Salt
- 1/2 Cup (1 Stick) - Butter Softened
- 1.25 Cups - Buttermilk Substitute (Divided into 1 cup and 1/4 cup.)
- 1 - Egg
- 1/4 Cup - Butter Melted
*Note: To make a buttermilk substitute combine 1 cup of milk with 1 TBSP of vinegar or lemon juice (I like lemon juice best). Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Stir thoroughly and then use in place of buttermilk. (For every quarter cup of milk use 3/4 teaspoons.)
- Heat oven to 375F degrees.
- In a large bowl sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- Combine to the flour mixture with softened butter, egg, and buttermilk substitute. This can be done by hand or by using a dough hook.
- Once fully combined, turn dough out into a lightly floured work surface and kneed slightly. I find that my large bamboo cutting board works really well.
- Create a ball shape with the dough and place on a baking sheet.
- Using a knife, cut an X shape into the top of the dough. It doesn't need to be more than a quarter inch deep.
- Combine the final 1/4 cup of buttermilk substitute with the melted 1/4 cup of butter and brush all over the outside of the dough.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes. (55 minutes would probably have been perfect, but 60 didn't burn the bread, and it was still soft.) Bread is done when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
* Note: While baking you can continue to brush the outside with the buttermilk substitute and butter.