Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Mellow Bakers: Irish Soda Bread (Dec)

I've never eaten Irish soda bread, but I was intrigued when I saw it on the Mellow Bakers' December list. A non-yeasted bread in Hamelman's book? A bread that can be made in just an hour?

At first I thought it sounded like a very convenient accompaniment to soup, perfect for those nights when we really want soup, but don't have any bread; usually we have to wait until the next day. Then I talked to my dad, who informed me that Irish soda bread (at least the kind my aunt used to make) was a sweeter bread, better for breakfast, great for French toast, not good for soup.

So I figured I'd make it tonight and then plan the rest of dinner accordingly depending on how it turned out.

I mixed ground up multigrain flakes (I couldn't find wheat flakes, so I used a combination of wheat, barley, and oat flakes), white pastry flour, whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt with a little buttermilk and yogurt. And then I baked it for about 25 minutes.

The results? This was not soup bread and it wasn't French toast bread. It didn't taste like bread at all. Hubby tried a piece and cleared up the mystery: it tastes just like a buttermilk biscuit. Once we figured that out, we tried it with butter and honey. Yep, biscuity. Don't think we'll be making this one again.


  1. Like you, I had heard of it and tried it when my kids were at home. I used just unbleached flour. It is still my daughter's favorite and she now makes it. We eat it with soups and stews. Try another recipe. <:3 Jenny

  2. My Irish Soda Bread has different ingredients and is somewhat scone-like and we love it like that. This one looks interesting, but the ingredient list throws me a bit as I am so used to my recipe. Good to see it done this way, yours looks great. Have you dug out yet from all the snow????

  3. This bread is still on my list - have baked too many other things and didn't have time for the soda bread yet. Maybe tomorrow for "Coffee and Cake" with some butter and honey on it?