After returning stateside from Ireland for the second time, I had fallen completely in love with everything Irish. I longed for the rambling pubs, pints of perfectly poured Guinness and Bulmers cider, Celtic music and of course, Irish soda bread.
I scoured through stores and recipes for that authentic Irish soda bread but could never find it. Finally, I recalled the simple recipe I learned while making the bread on an Irish farm. This is the authentic, rustic Irish soda bread that I fell in love with. I put the dough into muffin tins, but you can put in a standard loaf pan if you prefer the way it’s originally prepared (NOTE: Double the recipe as this only fits half a standard sized loaf pan).
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 1/2 cups of white flour
- 1 cup of whole wheat flour
- 1 1/4 cup of buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- Butter to grease the tin
Now combine the dry ingredients–the white and whole wheat flour, baking soda and salt–into a large bowl and mix well.
Next up, add your egg and the buttermilk and mix with a wooden spoon.
The batter should be sticky and wet. If it’s too dry, add a little more buttermilk and incorporate into the mix.
Now spoon the dough into the tin. Place the tin in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the bread has risen and the top is slightly golden brown.
I love pairing this bread with a bowl of hot soup. Or you can pair with butter, or jam.
Cheers and happy Irish eating!
Fieldhouse Fun Fact: One of my favorite things I ate over there? The white chocolate cocoa dusted Baileys truffle from Butlers in Dublin… a perfect post-pub stop