Irish Soda Bread, no baking powder.March 15th, 2023
I noticed Irish Soda bread recipes use Baking Soda instead of baking powder which keeps indefinitely and is useful for many things including cleaning, deodorizing and even for brushing your teeth. It needs an acid to react to rise quick breads. Traditional recipes use Buttermilk, but you can substitute milk with vinegar or thin enough yogourt for the recipe. If I had none of those I'd use warm water and vinegar. For milk 1 Tbsp vinegar to 1 cup milk is recommended. I used white vinegar which is another very useful and inexpensive product to have plenty of on hand. It is great for cleaning. Baking Powder will absorb moisture from the air and gradually will weaken after opening a container.
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees
Here is what you need- I used Oat flour for more protein
3 cups flour
3/4 tsp. Baking Soda
3/4 tsp. non iodized salt
1&1/2 Tablespoon white vinegar
add to milk for a total of 1&1/2 cups
Optional 1/2 cup raisins or berries
Thoroughly mix dry ingredients. Add vinegar to the milk separately and mix well.
Grease or thinly oil a pie pan. I used one 9 inches across the outside of the top
After the oven is up to temperature mix the wet into the dry ingredients thoroughly, but not longer than needed and move to pan.
Bake immediately at 450 degrees for 20 minutes and reduce heat to 400 for about 20 more minutes. Mine is dark and crispy outside and I butter the top while cooling.