It has been a while since I took part in Sourdough Surprises . To re-phrase, it’s been a while since I posted the results of my sourdough surprises challenges. Each month, I make the recipe, love it, take pictures but I never get around to publishing the results😦 Well not any more!
For this month, we were challenged to use our sourdough starters to make Irish soda bread. Soda bread has been on my list of recipes to try forever, I mean what’s not to love about a giant scone? but some how I never got around to trying it. Enter this month’s challenge: A giant scone with our Harry’s magical touch , I had to try!
Irish soda bread is a quick bread that uses baking soda instead of yeast to get its rise. Which means that you can get all the joys of home-baked bread in about an hour. No fussing with yeast, no waiting for rises.The bread has a beautiful golden crust and a dense yet tender interior. The seeds add a wonderful complexity without being over whelming. The honey adds the mildest hint of sweetness yet, it does not prevent the bread from working beautifully with savory or sweet toppings. Right out of the oven, it is heavenly slathered with butter, yet a few days later, the bread is downright irresistible when sliced and toasted.
I know the words quick and sourdough don’t fit into the same sentence but in this case the sourdough is added for flavor only which makes it a great way to use discard or unfed sourdough starter
Five seeds Irish soda bread
- 2 1/2 cups Wholemeal Flour
- 1 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon nigella seeds
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sourdough starter, fed or unfed
- 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) melted butter
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3/4 cup milk