Also called Irish Soda Bread. This is a perhaps the simplest bread recipe you’ll ever come across. Having made only breads with yeast, I would have never thought, it was possible to get a fresh loaf of bread in under an hour from prep to slicing! Yes, that’s how quick this recipe is.
Do keep in mind though that since the bread is leavened using baking soda, the taste and texture is going to be different than yeasted breads and even sourdough (which uses natural leavening and slow fermentation.) It’s denser, and similar to scones. But if you’re using for a really quick-fix for bread and something without yeast, then this is as great an option to exist, as any.
The buttermilk in this recipe is crucial, because that is what gives it the unique flavor. It can be made using two simple ingredients – milk and vinegar. To make 1 cup of buttermilk, we only need to add 1 tbsp of vinegar to 1 cup of milk and keep it aside till it splits naturally.
A Dutch Oven is a heavy cast-iron cooking pot that is particularly great for making crusty breads. If you don’t have one, however, you can still bake this bread on a tray or pan.
You can add raisins/cranberries/walnuts to this recipe for a nice variation too. Add the mix-ins after the dough has come together and massage them into the dough.