Irish Soda Bread

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Ingredients:

(Yields 2 1lb loaves)

  • 454g All Purpose Flour
  • 7g Baking Soda
  • 12g Cream of Tartar
  • 7g Salt
  • 38g Cold Unsalted Butter, cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 19g Sugar
  • 151g Raisins
  • 378g Buttermilk
 

We may be Belgian, but we sure do appreciate a good Irish Soda Bread on St. Patrick's Day! This humble, raisin-studded quick bread is made with basic ingredients you'll likely find in your kitchen. Even better, it's surprisingly simple to make.

Rather than being leavened with yeast like most breads we bake around here, a traditional soda bread is leavened with - you guessed it - baking soda. Activated with the addition of buttermilk (be sure to find a good, local brand), the baking soda provides just the right amount of rise to give this Irish specialty its signature dense and cakey texture.

Try it paired with an ample amount of butter (why not make it Irish?) and some tea or coffee and enjoy! We thank David Meltzer, our Head Baker at LPQ Woodbury Common for his recipe!

Ps. we weigh our ingredients to be extra exact. Using a kitchen scale makes baking with weights easy.

Instructions:

1. Mix all dry ingredients, butter and raisins together in the bowl of a stand mixer until the butter turns into pebble-sized pieces.

2. Add the buttermilk and mix until fully incorporated.

3. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide it in half, weighing out two 1lb pieces of dough. Form each into a ball and place on a cookie pan lined with parchment paper.

4. Let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes and preheat your oven to 350° F.

5. Dust the tops of each loaf with flour and cut a 1/2″ cross into the top before it goes in the oven.

6. Once the oven is preheated, place in the oven and bake for 35-45 mins, until the top is golden brown. As each oven is different, start with 35 minutes and keep an eye on it. If you have a thermometer, place it into the center of the loaf – it will be done at 185°F.

This recipe is courtesy of David Meltzer, our Head Baker at Le Pain Quotidien Woodbury Common.

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