The month of March reminds me of soda bread. Soda Bread is a term form a variety of quick breads. When the Europeans settled in America, they brought with them their recipes. Soda bread’s basic ingredients are flour, sodium bicarbonate and salt, with many versions adapted using local ingredients and cooking style. Bicarbonate of soda or baking soda is used as a leavening agent instead of yeast.
Various forms of soda bread are popular throughout Ireland. Soda breads are made using wholemeal or white flour, or both. Buttermilk, yogurt or stout is used to accelerate the rising of the dough. In Ulster, the wholemeal variety is usually known as wheaten bread and is normally sweetened, while the term “soda bread” is restricted to the white savory form.
Here at The Wooden Duck Inn, we love adding golden raisins and a crumb topping:
Wooden Duck B&B Irish Soda Bread Muffin
1 Cup Quick Cooking Oats
1 Cup Buttermilk*
1 Cup Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Golden Raisins
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
1/3 Cup Melted Butter
- The day before baking, mix oats and buttermilk, cover and set in fridge overnight.
- Next day, in large bowl mix together flour, BP, BS, raisins and salt. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
- In medium bowl, beat egg until foamy, then beat in the brown sugar & butter.
- Add in the milk/oat mixture until blended. Combine with dry ingredients until moistened.
- Spray muffin tins and spoon 1 Tbsp batter into each cup, makes about 1 dozen. Add optional crumb topping.
- Bake 15 to 20 minutes. Let rest for a couple minutes after baking, then enjoy!
*Tip- make your own buttermilk. Take 1 Cup milk, minus 1Tbsp. Add 1Tbsp of fresh lemon juice or vinegar.