Irish Soda Bread Recipe
- 4 Cups - All Purpose Flour
- 4 TBSP - Sugar
- 1 Tsp - Baking Soda
- 1 TBSP - Baking Powder
- ½ Tsp - Salt
- ½ Cup (1 Stick) - Butter Softened
- 1.25 Cups - Buttermilk Substitute (Divided into 1 cup and ¼ cup.)
- 1 - Egg
- ¼ 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 ¾ 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 ¼ cup of buttermilk substitute with the melted ¼ 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.
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