This Easy Irish Soda Bread comes together in less than one hour and is perfect for breakfast. You can make it in different variations by adding different seeds and dried fruit.
Nothing beats the great aroma of freshly baked bread in the morning. Especially when you have family around you.
I grew up having fresh bread every morning. My baba used to get fresh bread from our bakery every day and he also used to get some for our neighbors. It was a kind of a ritual for us. Of course, bread in Iran is different from other parts of the world but we will come to that on one of our Persian Saturdays.
In the morning we usually have oatmeal but if we want to have some toast or bread and cheese, this easy Irish soda bread is our "go to" bread as it comes together in almost an hour and tastes so delicious. Also it works well with both sweet and savory toppings: we usually have it with raspberry jam or cheese. But I'm sure it will taste great with Nutella, too, because who has ever been disappointed with that?
What I love about easy Irish soda bread is the use of baking soda instead of yeast, which makes the bread a bit denser but also more filling. Plus, there is no "rest time" for this dough to raise and that means you will have freshly baked bread out of the oven way quicker!
This bread is a great start for people who are afraid of making bread, because it's just a no-fail. If you have a Dutch oven, or any oven-safe deep pot, use it instead of a baking sheet for better results. This recipe gives one medium sized loaf that would be enough for one or two meals. It's best when it's eaten fresh, though if you toast it after a day, it will still taste good.
I know you want to try this bread. I have talked about it enough that now I'm actually getting into my kitchen to make another one!
Easy Irish Soda Bread
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 cups AP flour
- ½ tablespoon baking soda
- ½ tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon old fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper.
- Mix milk and lemon juice in a bowl, set aside for 10 minutes.
- Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients mixture.
- Pour the milk and lemon juice into the mixture and start stirring with a wooden spoon until it forms a dough.
- Take the dough onto a floured surface and and knead for 2-3 minutes. Form it into a ball and place it on the baking sheet.
- Using a knife, cut a ¼ inch X on the dough. Sprinkle some old fashioned oats and sesame seeds.
- Bake in the oven for 45 or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the crust is golden brown.
- Remove from the oven, let cool for 15 minutes and then cut into desired slices.