If the mere thought of making bread overwhelms you, fear not. This Irish Soda bread is SUCH a simple bread to make and requires essentially no kneading. While this version may not be the most ‘authentic’ Irish recipe (pretty sure they weren’t throwing Parmesan and rosemary into their bread in the good ol’ days), the combination is incredible! It is perfectly moist on the inside with a crunchy rustic crust: your guests will never know how easy it is to make!
- 4 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 4 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
- 1 ½ Tbsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1 egg, beaten
- Preheat the oven to 375 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Add the butter and using your fingers or a pastry blender, mix in the butter until it is the size of peas.
- Add the Parmesan cheese and rosemary.
- In a separate medium bowl or glass measuring cup, mix together the buttermilk and egg.
- Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon until combined (don’t over-mix). Using your hands, turn out the dough on to a floured surface and knead a couple of times with the back of your hand, rotating the dough and pressing it together until you form a nice round loaf.
- Place the formed dough on the prepared baking sheet and using a sharp knife, cut a shallow X in the dough on the top of the loaf.
- Bake for approximately 40 minutes or until golden brown.
Check back on Friday for the perfect dish to accompany Irish Soda Bread!!!