Our Adventures in Baking ~ Irish Soda Bread

The other day my wife and I streamed a Master Class baking video by Paul Hollywood on how to make Irish Soda Bread ~ and after writing down the ingredients used in the show, we decided to try it ourselves. The recipe made two loaves of Irish Soda Bread, but for your first effort simply go to ‘Paul Hollywood dot com’ and use his recipe for a single loaf under ‘Bread Recipes.’

The interesting aspect about Irish Soda Bread is that it doesn’t contain yeast ~ the only ingredients are flour, salt, baking soda and buttermilk.  This is a very hearty, rustic and substantial bread that has a good heft to it, perfect for dipping into soup and stews ~ and I’ve discovered that I really enjoy it toasted with butter and jam for breakfast.  Irish Soda Bread harkens to rural village life back in the day, and no doubt this bread kept many a farmer sustained during a full day’s work of laboring in the fields.

My wife weighed and organized the ingredients, which I then combined and turned the very sticky dough into balls ~ which she cut, baked and photographed, while I cleaned up the kitchen.  We served today’s freshly baked bread with bowls of homemade Leek & Potato Soup, which will be my next food post.  Our Irish Soda Bread turned out just as advertised, and the gallery photos give you the full process from start to finish ~ along with the initiation of our new Crema Marfil Pastry Boards ~ enjoy! ☼ 🙂