Traditional Irish Soda Bread with Orange Marmalade Butter

4 Ingredient Bread and 2 Ingredient Butter what could be easier?

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There is nothing quite like the comfort one feels as the aroma of fresh baking bread wafts through your kitchen. What is more magical than transforming four simple ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda and buttermilk) into a delectable delight of carbohydrate bliss?  A crunchy, crusty outside gives way to a warm, soft, quasi biscuit-bread which you can smother in Orange Marmalade Butter. Rich, buttery, sweet and ever so slightly bitter Seville orange essence will seduce you.  This recipe from the NY Times cooking section is simple to follow and the ingredient list is short.  I feel optimistic that anyone can be successful making this bread.  Let's get started!

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Irish Soda Bread Ingredients

3 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/2 Cups Buttermilk, more as needed


  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, salt and baking soda. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk. Using your hand, mix in the flour from the sides of the bowl. The dough should be soft but not wet and sticky.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured work surface. Wash and dry your hands. Knead the dough lightly for a few seconds, then pat the dough into a round about 1 1/2 inches thick. Place it on a buttered baking sheet and using a sharp knife, cut a deep cross in the center of the dough reaching out all the way to the sides.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees, and continue to bake until the top is golden brown and the bottom of the bread sounds hollow when tapped, about 30 minutes longer. Serve warm.
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After preheating your oven, measure out and mix the dry ingredients together.

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Measure out the butter milk....1 & 1/2 Cups

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Pour the buttermilk into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. If the dough isn't coming together add another teaspoon or two of the buttermilk. You'll knead the dough lightly for a few seconds but don't overwork the dough.

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Pat the dough into a round about 1 1/2 inches thick and place it on a greased baking sheet. Using a sharp knife cut a deep cross in the center of the dough reaching all the way out to the sides. Pop it into the hot oven, set your timer for 15 minutes and get ready for the magic to begin!

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After 15 minutes turn your oven temperature down to 400 degrees, the bread is already starting to look and smell amazing!

The recipe calls for baking the bread another 30 minutes or so until the top is golden brown and the bottom of the bread sounds hollow when tapped.  Since all oven temperatures differ, keep an eye on your bread and adjust the time as needed.  While the bread is baking, you can work on making the Orange Marmalade Butter.

Orange Marmalade Butter

8 ounces Sweet Cream / Unsalted Butter, allow to sit out and warm to room temperature
1 Cup Your favorite Orange Marmalade
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Place the room temperature butter along with the cup of orange marmalade in your mixer.

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I used the paddle attachment on my stand up mixer, in about 20 seconds you'll have orange marmalade butter. Congratulations you've just made a compound butter! Scoop out and place in a bowl.

Once your bread is ready, pull it out of the oven to cool a few minutes.  When it's cool enough to handle, slice it up and smother it with the sweet orange marmalade butter, or if you prefer plain sweet butter with a sprinkling of salt.  This is the perfect late morning or afternoon snack with a cup of tea.

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