In Ireland, one of my favorite foods was soda bread, but I've never replicated a great recipe here. Every year I search for a recipe, though, and I think I finally found one! Bonus, it was so easy. I whipped this up while our corned beef boiled, and it was as close to real Irish soda bread as I've come. It would be great next to Irish stew, or any other 'ol dish you're whipping up! It was also delicious with butter, jam, and a cup of coffee. I love weekends!
4 T. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 T. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ C. butter, softened
1 ¼ C. buttermilk, divided
¼ C. butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Mix together all dry ingredients; add in softened butter, 1 cup of the buttermilk, and the egg. Mix until combined. On a lightly floured surface (or in a stand mixer) knead for about a minute, or until the dough is soft and pulled together. It will be a little sticky.
Form a round, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cut an “x” in the top of the loaf.
Whisk together ¼ of the remaining buttermilk and the melted butter. Brush the top of the loaf. Bake about 45 minutes, brushing the top of the bread with the buttermilk and butter mixture every 15 minutes. Remove when a toothpick comes out of the bread’s center clean; cool on a rack before serving.