Soda Bread has been my latest obsession. I know it can feel a bit heavy for some people, but I find it so comforting and wholesome. Coming from an Irish family too – it’s an absolute stable! Traditionally, recipes use buttermilk but making regular milk sour with a little lemon juice works just as well and works for me since I always have milk in. However, feel free to swap for buttermilk if you have that instead.
The great thing about Soda Bread is that it doesn’t require kneading and rising times like most loafs, so can be made and cooked within a quick hour. My grandfather tells great stories of how when he sailed across the Atlantic in a yacht for 3 weeks, he was in charge of making soda bread for the rest of the crew. I can imagine that the smell of fresh bread out in the middle of the ocean is unbeatable!
I used to shape my loafs into a rough ball, but recently have switched to cooking in. a loaf tin as it gives regular slices. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!