So very easy to make for St. Patrick’s Day a traditional Irish Soda Bread you can also bake in the air fryer.
Irish Soda Bread
Today my mission is to make Irish Soda bread. My grandson was home and wanted to help when he heard that this recipe was made with soda. He was very curious as to what kind of soda is used.
I encouraged him to do a search on his iTouch (that was
several many years ago) and then asked him to let me know what ingredients I would need.
Of course he was a little disappointed when he found out the soda was actually baking soda and not soda pop. Oh, bummer!
The lesson continued. We learned in the mid 19th century this traditional Irish soda bread was made as the “daily” bread to be eaten with the family meals.
Made with only flour, baking soda, sour milk and salt the bread ‘kept’ for only a couple of days and had to be baked often.
Traditional soda bread is what the folks in Ireland consider to be a basic table bread using white flour and soda, buttermilk, and salt. Sometimes this is made with whole-meal flour.
The ingredients used for baking traditional soda bread does not contain yeast, sugar, butter, raisins, or nuts; it is not cake-like and it shouldn’t be sweet. The American soda bread made in our local bakeries today is a non-traditional Irish Soda Bread.
So here is a very EASY and simple recipe that is a ‘traditional’ Irish Soda Bread recipe I adapted from About.com.
Irish Soda Bread Recipe
This easy to make Irish Soda Bread can be oven baked or made in the Air Fryer. This is a great recipe to make with the kids.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour sifted
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Add the dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine the baking soda and salt.
- Make a well in the center and add 1 cup of the buttermilk — setting aside the remaining ½ cup. Stir in the dry ingredients and buttermilk with a wooden spoon until the milk is absorbed and then gradually add in the remaining milk until a soft dough is formed.
- The dough will quite sticky, you may have to add ¼ cup more flour until it is workable.
- Sprinkle a little flour on your hands and counter and form the dough into a ball.
- Place it into an 8″ inch cake pan that has been sprayed with pam.
- Wet a large knife and slice it almost half-way through the dough to make a large cross.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until it is lightly golden on the top and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
- AIR FRYER RECIPE
- Spray a pan or ceramic dish that will fit into your air fryer. Make a cross cut in the center of dough.
- Bake at 360 degrees for 20 minutes. Check to see if it is done by inserting a toothpick and if it comes out dry it's done. You may have to continue to bake, using 5 minute intervals.
- When fully baked remove from the pan and place on wire rack to cool.
Air Fryer baking pans are usually smaller than oven baking pans. If you make this recipe in the air fryer, you might have to halve the dough and make 2 loaves of bread. Two loaves are always better than one!
This was a great way to get in an easy history lesson. This is a very easy recipe to make while the kids are in the kitchen. They can help and get a little history lesson at the same time.
This fun #cookingwithkids in the kitchen is a terrific lesson they will remember. Cooking with the kids often makes lasting memories and is always a ‘good thing’.
My sister the cook makes this all the time. She and my brother-in-law enjoy it with a bowl of hearty soup or beef stew. The next morning they slice the bread and make and spreads on some butter and jelly. A delicious treat with morning coffee. Sounds delish.
*POST/RECIPE & PHOTOS UPDATED 2018
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