Homemade Irish Brown Soda Bread

Homemade Irish Brown Soda Bread

Soda bread (Irish: arán sóide) is the traditional Irish bread. Flour, baking soda and salt are mixed with buttermilk or sour milk and formed into a loaf which is marked with a cross or cut into quarters. This dough doesn’t use yeast but bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) which is the rising agent here.

It is a perfect choice for those who want to try and make homemade bread but are put off by the long process that needs to be followed for yeast based breads. Soda bread is quick to make as well as bake and tastes amazing! I personally love it lightly toasted with butter and jam but the options are limitless.

A lot of memories come back when I make this bread. Firstly, it brings me back to Ireland while working there in a bakery. I would make brown soda bread every morning – large loaves cut into 4 parts once baked.

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