Soda Bread

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Makes: 1 loaf - 12 slices

1 1/4 cups buttermilk + 3 Tablespoons extra to reserve for brushing *see below how to make your own

3 cups unbleached flour

2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup butter, melted and near room temperature

3 Tablespoons of reserved buttermilk for brushing

Optional: quick oats for top garnish


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Line a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

3. If you do not have buttermilk and are making your own *measure out the milk and stir in one tablespoon pure lemon juice. Stir lightly. If you do not have lemon juice you can use white vinegar.

4. Measure out and set aside the extra milk that you will use for brushing the buns.

5. Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a mixing bowl and stir together to combine.

6. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk and the melted butter.

7. Use a wooden spoon to gently stir combine the dough ingredients then use your hands to work the dough and make it into a ball. You don't want to knead it much, just work it until nicely combined.

8. Form it into a ball and place onto the parchment paper.

9. Use a sharp knife to cut and X across the top of the bun. The X will open up when you bake it.

10. Use a pastry brush to paint on the reserved buttermilk. Apply generously over the entire loaf and down the sides.

11. You may not use it all, just put the amount needed to glaze the whole loaf.

12. Use your fingertips to sprinkle the quick oats all over the top of the loaf. This is an optional step you can omit but the presentation when baked is very appealing with the little toasted quick oats on top.

13. Place the loaf into the preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. A toothpick inserted in the middle will come out clean when ready.

14. Remove from the oven and transfer off the baking sheet onto a cooling rack.

This recipe is so simple and quick to make and the results of the loaf give you a moist on the inside, crispy on the outside Soda bread.


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