This Irish classic gets its name from the leavening ingredient commonly used in the bread—baking soda. Serve with our Blue Cheese Spread for a festive selection at afternoon tea.
Downloads:Soda Bread with Blue Cheese Spread
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon coarse salt
¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
1½ cups whole buttermilk
¼ cup molasses
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons regular rolled oats
1 recipe Blue Cheese Spread
(see Download for recipe)
• Preheat oven to 375°.
• Butter an oval 2-quart casserole dish. Set aside.
• In a large bowl, sift together flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add butter. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture until mixture is crumbly.
• Add buttermilk and molasses. Using a wooden spoon, stir just until a wet dough forms.
• On a lightly floured surface, shape dough into an oval. Place in prepared baking dish.
• With a sharp knife, cut 3 diagonal slits across the top of the dough. Brush dough with cream, and sprinkle with oats.
• Bake until light brown and cooked through, 60 to 70 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly.
• Slice, and serve warm with Blue Cheese Spread, if desired.