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Irish soda bread recipe

Irish soda bread – or just soda bread, if you prefer – is a type of quick bread that uses baking soda as a leavener. While this may not seem like much of a revelation these days due to the prevalence of baking soda in all kinds of recipes, it was a boon to bakers in Ireland in the mid 1800s. At that time, Ireland did not have a strong tradition of yeast breadmaking because, unlike many other European countries, the country did not produce much of the high-protein (hard wheat) flour necessary for making good yeast breads. When baking soda was introduced to the country, it pretty much replaced yeast. It produced a reliable rise in the oven, made tasty loaves of bread and would work perfectly with the softer Irish flour.

Soda bread only takes 2 or 3 minutes to make and 30 - 40 minutes to bake. It's also great with sultanas, chocolate, olives, sun dried tomatoes or caramelized onions added, so the possibilities are endless for the humble soda bread. Darina Allen reveals the secret of making perfect traditional Irish soda bread.


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