Bread

Sourdough Irish Soda Bread

Soda bread has been on my “to bake” list for a while now, so I was glad to give it a shot finally (although I do want to make a true soda bread one day). I loved how easy, quick and delicious this bread turned out to be. Which was perfect right now since I’ve been running on literally no sleep. I’m not sure I would have been able to complete something more complicated. Little Munchkin hasn’t been sleeping well lately. Like, for the last two weeks. Some combination of teething (but no teeth are anywhere close to erupting), growing, learning to sit, roll, eat food, separation anxiety and now getting sick. Its been kind of rough, resulting in one night of sleeping on the couch, one night of pretending to co-sleep but really only napping and continually making sure I wasn’t squashing her (but man I really needed to lay down!), and a lot of getting up in the middle of the night. And also a lot of coffee. So this bread was just perfect for us right now. It was super delicious, and easy to make! And a great way to use a little bit of starter. Make it. You won’t regret it!

Check out the other delicious Irish Soda Breads made with starter the group made this month, and don’t forget to check into Sourdough Surprises in a few days to see what we will be making next! 

Sourdough Irish Soda Bread

by The Gingered Whisk
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Keywords: bread sourdough
Ingredients (1 loaf)
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2-3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 TBSP sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
Preheat oven to 400F.
In a large bowl whisk together 2 cups flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
In a medium bowl whisk together the starter, egg, butter and buttermilk.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together to form a sticky dough. (if its too dry and crumbly add a little more buttermilk, if its way too sticky add some more flour. You want it sticky but not so sticky you can’t form it into a ball).
Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead once or twice.
Lightly flour a baking sheet and place the ball of dough in the center.
Cut a deep “X” on the top (the cuts should go at least 1/3 the way through the dough).
Brush the top of the dough with buttermilk or some melted butter.
Bake 35-40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
Let cool 15 minutes before cutting.
Enjoy!
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 (slightly modified from Sour Salty Bitter Sweet)

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Russell Bulmer
    March 20, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    I'm very impressed with the airy crumb you've got there!

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    Varadas Kitchen
    March 20, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    The soda bread looks great. BTW, when I think back I am not sure which is better, lack of sleep when the baby could not sleep or lack of sleep waiting for the teenager to get home from a study group at a friends house.

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    SeattleDee
    March 20, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Loved hearing more Little Munchkin news – and high fives to you for finding time and energy to bake!

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    Kelster
    March 20, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Aaww. Hope your baby starts sleeping well soon! As for your bread, I really need to get to the kitchen and mix one up with oats. I'm missing out.

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    Rebecca
    March 21, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Your bread looks like it came out really well! Sorry about the no sleep…

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    pizzarossa.me
    March 21, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    That looks delicious Jenni! Sorry you're having a tough time with sleep – hope bub settles for you soon.

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    Lynn Huntley
    March 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    I didn't get a good nights sleep until my kids got married!! Now they call me and tell me how tired they are because my Grandkids are up all night:) I just sit back and *smile* ~The cycle of life~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines~

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    Agos
    March 22, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    I'm sorry about your rough weeks. The bread looks great nevertheless!

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