Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Here's a rustic, easy-to-make bread with a hearty wheat flavor that will certainly be among your favorite bread recipes. The optional rolled oats provide additional flavor to this Irish bread recipe and they also give it an appealing texture.
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  • 2 cups flour: wholewheat, white or, preferably, a mixture.
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats (oatmeal), optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk or soured milk (milk plus 2 teaspoons vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons oil or melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey or sugar
  • 1 egg
Container: baking dish or sheet
15 mins
45 mins
1 hr
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a pie dish or baking sheet with foil or parchment large enough to accomodate an 8-inch circle. Lightly oil the lining material.
  • In one bowl, mix together the flour, oats (if using), salt, baking soda, and baking powder. In a second bowl, beat together the milk, oil, egg, and honey.
  • Stir the liquid and dry ingredients together to make a sticky dough. If it's too wet to hold a mounded shape, work in a little more flour. Shape into a mound about 6 inches in diameter on the prepared baking surface. With a sharp knife, slice a large X on the top of the loaf.
  • Bake about 45 minutes, or until done. To test for doneness, tap the bottom: It should sound rather hollow. Let the bread cool a few minutes, or longer, before slicing, although the bread is at its best when eaten warm, topped with butter, honey, or both.
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