Irish Soda Bread
Irish settlers brought this rustic classic to
America. It's been described as a cross between a biscuit and a coffee cake. In Ireland, this convenient, hearty
bread is served
with breakfast, brunch, or tea as delectable platters for butter and preserves.
This is a royal soda bread, much different
than the soda and flour concoctions we sometimes find in the recipe books. What're
our secrets for great Irish soda bread? We've loaded this bread up with buttermilk and just the right combination of
stone ground wheat flour and our
best pastry flour. In all of our Irish bread, we slip in a little potato flour--not just for the flavor but to keep
bread moist. Potato Flour is hygroscopic--this is, it attracts moisture from the air rather than drying the bread
The result is a delectable bread with an aroma that wafts through the kitchen and a taste and texture that is
This bread will stay moist and good for
days. We keep a loaf sitting on the counter and for a mid-morning break, we cut a thick slice, warm it quickly in
microwave, and slather it with butter and jam.
This is a quick and easy bread to make that is
nearly foolproof. Cut in one cube of butter. Mix one egg with water, combine that with the mix, form two loaves,
and bake for about 35 minutes. Prep time is less than ten minutes.
Quite after the fact, we discovered that this
mix made terrific scones. We tinkered around--adding more butter and increasing the oven temperature--until we had a
scone that our testers raved over. We think this will become your favorite scone. For a change of pace, add raisins
"This makes a delicious scone." --MV in MN
Complete directions for both soda bread and
scones are included. Butter and eggs are not included.
For more authentic Irish bread, check out our Irish Potato Wheat Bread and our Irish Potato White Bread. Both of
these are leavened with a combination of yeast and soda-buttermilk. They have a unique texture that is more
bread-like and less scone-like. (This mix is not suitable for a bread machine.)
Ingredients: Enriched wheat flour
(wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, and folic
acid), wheat flour, sugar, buttermilk (dry cultured skim milk), potato flour, baking soda, and
salt. This product contains wheat, and dairy products and may contain traces of
soy,eggs,peanuts, or tree nuts.