Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sourdough Irish Soda Bread


I used to really like this recipe for Irish soda bread. Then I made it with sourdough starter for this month's Sourdough Surprise and now I love it!  Not that there was anything wrong with the original recipe, it's been in my recipe box for decades and I made it every year around St. Pat's day.  It's earthy and a bit sweet thanks to oatmeal and brown sugar.  It's great fresh out of the oven with a slab of butter, wonderful toasted and it makes a hearty sandwich. 

But this easy sourdough version is even better.  A more complex flavor, definitely more moist and a longer shelf life.  I don't have to tell you that some soda breads make for good paper weights and door stops after a couple of days!   

sourdough Irish soda bread

2 & 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
2/3 cups oatmeal (lightly ground in food processor) 
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cold butter, cut up
3/4 cup buttermilk 
1 egg (plus one to brush on top)
1 cup sourdough starter (discard is fine)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In the bowl of a stand mixer whisk together flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar; add butter and mix on low until mixture looks crumbly. 

In a medium bowl whisk together buttermilk, egg and sourdough starter; add to flour mixture and mix on low until dough forms.  Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and knead smooth.  Cut dough in half and form two round loaves.  

Transfer loaves to a parchment lined sheet pan.  Cut a cross into the top of each loaf.  Brush with beaten egg.  Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until loaves are golden.







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13 comments:

  1. I love the shape you've got there!

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    1. Thanks Russell, for some reason it reminds me of a nun's habit!

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  2. Great job! Your soda breads look delicious!

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  3. Lovely! I wanted to try oatmeal but I forgot...there will be a next time!

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    1. I love the texture of the oatmeal in soda bread, give it a try!

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  4. Love that pic with the melting butter. Wow I need to make bread today.

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    1. Kelster, hat's what I love about soda bread, you can go from raw ingredients to buttered slice in under an hour!!

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  5. Robyn, the oatmeal and brown sugar sound like wonderful additions! Bookmarked!

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  6. Great job and looks delicious~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  7. It looks so good! I love the addition of oatmeal and brown sugar.

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