Looking for an easy Irish soda bread recipe, or just looking for a quick, healthy, fresh bread that won’t take hours of kneading and rising? Look no further, our take on a traditional Irish soda bread recipe is exactly what you need.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
- 250g wholewheat flour
- 150g all purpose flour
- 15g baking soda
- 5g salt
- 5g sugar
- 1 egg (optional- this makes the bread a little more moist and rich)
- 50ml plain yogurt
- 4 tbsp Hakka-ish Chili Crisp
- 300ml milk
- 2 tbsp oats (or any seeds and nuts you have in your pantry)
- Preheat your oven to 200c/400f.
- In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients. This is important as it evenly distributes the baking soda.
- Crack in the egg, and add the Hakka-ish, milk and yogurt and mix with your hand until the dough has barely come together. You want to mix this as little as possible, as soon as you can’t see any more lumps of dry flour, it’s mixed.
- Turn the dough out onto a lined baking dish and form the dough into a ball. You don’t have to be exact here. Sprinkle the oats on top, or whatever nuts and/or seeds you like, and cut a cross shape into the top. Don’t score it like you would a sourdough, cut all the way through.
- Bake for around 45 minutes, you’ll know it’s done if it sounds hollow when you give the bottom of it a firm pat.
- Allow to cool and serve with a liberal amount of butter. This bread is really versatile, eat it with everything.
Chef's notes: Irish Soda bread traditionally uses buttermilk, but we used yogurt and milk as they work just as well, and you’re more likely to have them in your fridge than buttermilk. Feel free to sub in buttermilk if you have it.