Irish Soda Bread, skillet

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    If you do not have a cast iron pan the bread can be baked on a baking sheet although the crust won’t be quite as crunchy.

    Soda bread is best eaten on the day it is baked but does keep well covered and stored at room temperature for a couple of days after which time it will become dry.


  1. 3 c flour
  2. 1 c cake flour
  3. 1 1/2 t baking soda
  4. 1 1/2 t cream of tartar
  5. 1 1/2 t salt
  6. 2 T sugar
  7. 2 T unsalted butter, softened
  8. 1 1/2 c low-fat buttermilk
  9. 1 T melted butter, optional


  1. Heat the oven to 400°F and adjust a rack to the center position.
  2. Place the flour, cake flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the butter and rub it into the flour using your fingers until it is completely incorporated and the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Make a well in the center and add the buttermilk. Work the liquid into the flour mixture using a fork until the dough comes together in large clumps.
  5. Turn the dough onto a work surface and knead briefly until the loose flour is just moistened. The dough will still be scrappy and uneven.
  6. Form the dough into a round about 6 to 7 inches in diameter and place in a cast iron skillet.
  7. Score a deep cross on top of the loaf and place in the heated oven.
  8. Bake until nicely browned and a tester comes out clean when inserted into the center of the loaf, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and brush with a tablespoon of melted butter if desired.
  10. Cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing.
  11. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

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Serves: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Course: Breakfast/Brunch
Type of Food: Bread,Skillet Dish,Vegetarian
Ethnicity/Origin: Irish
Key Ingredient: Flour
Difficulty: 1 - Easy
Make Ahead: Yes
Prep Method: Oven Bake
Themes/Holidays: St. Patrick's Day

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