Irish Soda bread is a variety of quick breads made with using Baking Soda as a leaving agent instead of the usual yeast used for breads. The interesting thing about Irish soda bread is that instead of the fact that it uses baking soda, the texture is very bread like instead of the cake like quick bread texture. The soda bread is common in my cuisines but it is the Irish variety that made it very popular and we all relate to instantly.
The Irish Whole Wheat Soda bread gets its texture from the reaction of lactic acid in buttermilk with baking powder and typically in Ireland they use the flour low in gluten to make this bread since we don’t need the yeast and gluten to work together for the elasticity, sometimes even beer is used though I have never made it with beer (the beer bread in my list of things to make, somehow I just keep pushing it strangely)
It is my goto easy, quick yet fancy bread recipe. I mean just look at it, it looks like a beautiful Artisan loaf and needs to rising time, no kneading. Can you ask for anything else? You have to give it to Irish, they know how to make the yummiest of the food the easiest way.
They say that Irish Soda bread should be sliced very thin but in my house unfortunately people don’t like uber thin bread slices, so I slice them like normal bread. I love it slightly toasted with butter, the Irish Soda whole wheat bread has a velvety texture that lends itself beautifully to toasting. Sometimes I also add raisins to it, specially when I am sure that I will eat it with sweet stuff.
Original Recipe Credit : Beard on Bread by James Beard