This is an enriched soda bread, sweeter tasting than the ordinary soda bread and softer to. My mom made this and a very similar cake bread (I'll put the recipe on soon) every week, she often made two one plain and one with plenty of mixed dried fruits, so there was always a piece to eat if someone popped in for a chat and a cuppa..
Great eaten anytime of the day, you don't need to toast it (unless you want to). Eat plain or add butter, maybe add a little jam, and aways with a cup of tea :)
Tip: don't put in more soda than needed it will make the bread bitter and strange tasting
- 1 lb / 500gms/ 4 cup plain flour (all purpose flour)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 very heaped teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda (baking soda)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1oz / 25 grams/ butter
- 1 egg
- 1pt/ 1/2 litre/ 2 cups buttermilk
- Some extra egg beaten or milk
- Some extra butter
Sieve all the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl. Add the butter and rub in. In a cup break the egg and use a fork to beat. Make a well in the centre and add the egg & buttermilk, mix all ingredients the dough should be quite soft (wet and stickily), if its too dry add more buttermilk, too wet add more flour.Turn onto a lightly floured surface and very gently knead (don't knead like bread its more a light massage)Shape into a circle and place onto a baking tray, with a knife mark into 4 pieces. Brush the top of the soda bread with a some beaten egg or milk. Cook in a moderate oven until golden brown. If you lift the bread and tap-it it should sound hollow, it is cooked.
Using a knife butter the top of the soda bread using a small amount of butter (keeps it soft), wrap the soda bread in a clean tea towel to cool.