In honour of St Patrick’s Day this month we got to make Irish Soda Bread this morning. We live in Northern Ireland and Irish Soda Bread is eaten with what we call a ‘fry up’. Others would half the sodas and eat bacon or sausages in them, even eggs, whatever you fancy. You can get special soda bread flour but the weather was pretty rubbish and I couldn’t get out so I replaced it with regular flour and baking soda.
I love to split my sodas, toast them and spread jam on them.
Recipe – Irish Soda Bread (Farls)
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 heaped teaspoon baking soda / bicarbonate of soda
1 cup buttermilk
Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl then pour on the buttermilk. Mix it all together to form a soft dough.
Tip the dough on a floured surface and bring it all together, it will feel soft and nice.
Using floured hands roll the dough into a ball then flatten slightly.
Cut the dough into four.
Sprinkle flour on a heavy based frying pan and warm it to medium high. Don’t make it too hot, there’s no rush.
Place your dough quarters on the hot pan, when they look cooked on the underside flip over. Once the soda bread looks like it is cooked through turn the heat off from your pan, but leave the soda bread on the hot pan. Leave the sodas for several minutes, they are still cooking inside.
You can test for doneness with a toothpick, prick it into the side of your soda bread if it comes out clean then the soda bread is cooked through.
Once they are cool you split your soda bread, toast it and serve accordingly.