The Flavours of the Emerald Isle

The Flavours of the Emerald Isle

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Irish Soda Bread

Every Premium itinerary offers delectable Signature Dining experiences every bit as rich and authentic as the journey itself. Get the taste of Ireland with this fresh, no-fuss soda bread.

Ingredients
  • 250g Plain white flour
  • 250g Plain wholemeal flour
  • 100g Porridge oats
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 25g Butter, cut in pieces
  • 500ml Buttermilk
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/gas 6 and dust a baking sheet with flour.
    Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then rub in the butter. Pour in the buttermilk and mix it in quickly with a table knife, then bring the dough together very lightly with your fingertips. Now shape it into a flat, round loaf measuring 20cm/8in in diameter.
  2. Put the loaf on the baking sheet and score a deep cross in the top. (Traditionally, this lets the fairies out, but it also helps the bread to cook through.)
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. If it isn’t ready after this time, turn it upside down on the baking sheet and bake for a few minutes more.
  4. Transfer to a wire rack, cover with a clean tea towel (this keeps the crust nice and soft) and leave to cool. To serve, break into quarters, then break or cut each quarter in half to make 8 wedges or slices – or simply slice across. Eat very fresh.

1 Loaf – 45min to 55min