Traditional Irish soda bread is a yeast free quick bread, and it's hard to imagine a St. Patrick's Day spread without it. This recipe has body, richness, and just a touch of sweetness.
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: best irish soda bread recipe, easy irish soda bread, traditional irish soda bread
Author: Katie Workman
2tablespoonschilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter an 8-inch round cake pan, or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and sugar. With your fingers rub in the small bits of chilled butter until the mixture is crumbly.
In a small bowl or measuring cup combine the buttermilk and egg. Pour the mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until the mixture comes together into a shaggy dough. Lightly flour the counter or a clean work surface and knead the dough for about 2 minutes until smooth. Shape the dough into an 8-inch round loaf and transfer to the prepared baking pan.
With a sharp knife, cut a large X into the top of the dough. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top is golden and the crust is firm (you should be able to give it a nice knock with your knuckles).
Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn the bread out of the pan and cool completely (or til just barely warm) on the wire rack. Cut into slices or wedges.