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Cholaca Irish Soda Bread
Servings
Ingredients
  • 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 6 tbsp chilled unsalted butter cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 6 oz Cholaca Wafers cut into 1/3-inch pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups Buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
Servings
Ingredients
  • 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 6 tbsp chilled unsalted butter cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 6 oz Cholaca Wafers cut into 1/3-inch pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups Buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
Instructions
  1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; butter parchment. Whisk first 5 ingredients in large bowl to blend. Add butter; rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in wafers. Whisk buttermilk and egg in medium bowl to blend; add to dry ingredients. Stir just until incorporated. Add green dye (optional).
  2. Turn dough out onto floured work surface and knead gently just until dough comes together, about 5 turns. Form dough into 6 1/2-inch-diameter round, about 2 to 2 1/2 inches high. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Using sharp knife, cut 1-inch-deep, 3-inch-long slits in top of bread, forming sunburst pattern.
  3. Bake bread until well browned and very firm when pressed and tester inserted into center comes out clean, turning baking sheet halfway through baking, about 1 hour 10 minutes total. Transfer bread to rack and cool completely, at least 3 hours. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Wrap in foil and store at room temperature.)
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