You can make bread without yeast. This recipe is based on Irish soda bread and tastes different from yeast bread but it's really good and toasts nicely too. The less you work the dough the better. - Jenny Jones
- 2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour (aerate flour before measuring - See How)
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda (not baking powder)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk (No buttermilk? See below)
- 1 egg (Don't want egg? See below)
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
- In a measuring cup combine buttermilk and egg.
- Stir buttermilk/egg into the flour mixture, stirring as little as possible until it holds together loosely.
- Place dough on a floured surface and gently knead five times.
- Shape in to a 5-inch round and place on baking sheet.
- With a sharp knife, cut an X in the center of the dough, about 3-4 inches across. (This is important to ensure that the bread cooks in the middle.)
- Brush the dough all over with a little buttermilk. (optional)
- Bake for 30 minutes.
Don't Want Egg? - This bread only works for me with the egg. I tried it without and it was too flat and dense. If you can't use egg, please look for "Irish Soda Bread" recipes and you'll find many recipes without egg.
No Buttermilk? - I had the best result using real buttermilk. If you make your own buttermilk it won't be as thick so you may have to use less.
Note: There's more on this recipe in my blog, click here.