Meri Easy Irish Soda Bread

    2 hours 30 mins

    The 'soda' in this easy to make, wildly popular bread doesn't come from club soda, but from soda bicarbonate. Try it with anything you'd eat bread with!

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    Serves: 12 

    • 450g plain flour
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 65g granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 450ml buttermilk
    • 50g butter, melted

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:1hr15min  ›  Ready in:2hr30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Grease a 23x12cm (9x5 inch) loaf tin.
    2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and bicarbonate of soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter. Pour into prepared bread tin.
    3. Bake for about an hour, or until a fork inserted into the bread comes out clean. Cool on a rack. Wrap in a clean drying cloth for several hours, or overnight, for best flavour.

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    good  -  24 Jan 2017


    This is our favorite Soda Bread. The only tip I can offer is that chemically leavened breads should sit out at room temp for 30 minutes or so in the loaf pan following the mixing to allow the soda and powder to do their jobs. This will create an airier loaf - this holds true for pancakes, biscuits, etc...  -  07 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    From the photo of this bread, it does look irresistible. However, there is one ingredient that is not listed and probably makes this bread irresistible, and that is Raisins.  -  02 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)