Sunday, September 27, 2015

September 2015 Daring Bakers' Challenge: Irish Soda Bread

For the month of September, Meredith from the Poco Loco Olsons challenged us to experiment with soda bread.

I chose to make the traditional Irish Country Bread recipe provided for the challenge. This recipe was very simple, and the resulting crusty bread went nicely with soup.

Irish Country Bread

2 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 cups whole wheat flour
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 450 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the flours, baking soda, and salt. 

3. Create a well in the flour mixture, and pour in buttermilk.

4. Mix dough well, until flour is fully incorporated. 

5. Place dough on lined baking sheet and pat into a 1-inch thick circle.

6. Use fingertips to create dimples on top of dough.

7. Bake at 450 F for 30 minutes, then reduce heat to 400 F. Remove baking sheet from under dough, so parchment paper is directly on the oven rack. Continue baking at 400 F for about 10 more minutes, until golden brown.

8. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

-Posted by Jennifer

-Adapted from original recipe at