Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Duggar Recipe: Irish Soda Bread

  When the Duggars traveled to majestic Ireland in September, they spent a day at the Causey Farm. It was there that the entire family learned how to make traditional Irish soda bread. Here is the recipe that they used:


Traditional Irish Soda Bread

1 cup white flour (+ a little extra for sprinkling in pan and on top of bread)
3/4 or 1 cup wheat meal*
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
1 egg **
3/4 cup buttermilk (or 3/4 cup milk & 1 TBSP. white vinegar or lemon juice)

1. Preheat oven to 425F. Mix dry ingredients with egg, then add 3/4 cup buttermilk (can add a little more if dough is too dry and doesn't "pull away from the sides" easily.) Mix with spoon.  ***
2. Sprinkle flour on top and sides of bread dough in bowl. Sprinkle flour in bottom of pan.****
3. Roll dough from bowl into pan. Use knuckles to gently push bread down. 
4. Using a serrated knife, score top of dough about an inch and a half deep in an "X" shape. The purpose of the scoring is to help the heat get into the center of the dough while it cooks. 
5. Let rise 20 min.  Bake in oven at 425F for about 20-25 minutes. Remove pan or sheet from oven, let bread sit in the pan or on the sheet for 5-10 minutes, then remove to a rack to cool briefly. 
6. Serve bread warm, at room temperature, or sliced and toasted. Best when eaten warm and just baked. Makes one little loaf. 

*If traditional Irish wheat meal is not available in your region, King Arthur Irish-Style Wholemeal Flour works, as does regular whole wheat or wholegrain flour. To make white Irish soda bread, replace the wheat meal with plain flour.

**Can be made without an egg, but will have to be eaten in the same day.

***If the dough is still really sticky, try adding a bit more flour. 

****Adding a bit of grease to the pan never hurts, especially if you are using a pan that is notorious for sticking. Some bakers prefer to sprinkle their pans with corn meal instead of flour. 

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  1. I am going to try this. I have been looking for any easy soda bread recipe. Do you know if the pan should be greased first?


  2. Cool! :D I love Irish Soda Bread - it's really good with Potao Soup! :D

  3. Sounds Good! Thank you for posting lily and Ellie!!

  4. @Anonymous

    Hi Sandy,

    Since the recipe says to sprinkle the bottom of the pan with flour, it is not entirely necessary to grease the pan. That being said, greasing never hurts, especially if you are using a pan that is notorious for sticking.

    Some bakers prefer to sprinkle their pans with corn meal instead of flour.

    Thanks for being a loyal reader!
    Lily and Ellie

  5. that bread is so good!!!!!

  6. it sounds good might try it i never try notthing new


  7. Sounds good! But I'm not going to try because I'm a disaster when it comes to breads... :)

    But I do know how to cook other types of food.

    I also love making deserts! I think I'm going to try the Layered Ice Cream recipe.

  8. I live near there! That soda bread is fantastic :)

  9. Can you freeze it and thaw it later??

  10. @Jamie Kannady

    Hi Jamie,

    Definitely! We baked and froze a loaf a little while ago, and it worked well.

    Happy Baking!
    Lily and Ellie

  11. I am going to have to try this recipe. I made Irish soda bread off another site and it came out OK...but it could have been better. Your kids are beautiful, you must have the patience of a saint. Send me some patience lol. Have a blessed day.


  12. Hi, I probably sound really stupid for asking, but, what type of soda is this being used? And where can I buy it? Thanks so much Lily and Ellie, love the Duggars!

  13. @Anonymous

    Hi Anonymous 13,

    Baking soda. :)

    We are blessed to have you as a reader.
    Lily and Ellie

  14. Yes you certainly can. (This is my mothers' recipe and I'm from Causey Farm where we had a wonderful day with the Duggars back in 2011.) Hello from Co Meath, Ireland


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