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Want fresh-baked bread but don’t have any yeast, you can make a quick bread! This quick bread uses baking powder and baking soda as the leavening agents. Since there’s no yeast, don’t expect airy and light bread. Expect a more dense bread that will be moist, tender, and delicious. You will love how quick and easy this soda bread is to make.
This recipe calls for just a few basic common pantry staples, except for the buttermilk. Buttermilk is not something most people tend to have on hand. If you don’t have buttermilk and don’t want to run to the store it’s no problem, you can easily use a Buttermilk Substitute. I made this bread using the milk and white vinegar substitute and it still turned out wonderful. You do need the acid that is present in buttermilk or buttermilk substitute for this recipe, so do not substitute with just regular milk.
There is no complicated shaping or kneading necessary for this dough, it will be soft and sticky. Once you add the liquid to the flour mixture, stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened. You do not want to over-mix the dough or you could end up with tough bread. The buttermilk or buttermilk substitute will immediately create a reaction with the baking soda. When the batter has been mixed you will want to get it into the oven as quickly as possible.
If you want to change the flavor of this bread, you can add nuts, seeds, or dried fruit. Or sprinkle oats or coarse salt on top.
Quick bread loaves slice more easily when completely cool. Although this can be served the day that it is made, it may taste even better the next day.
This bread is great with soups, stews, or chili. It is also amazing with butter and jam or honey, yum!
Easy White Soda Bread
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg slightly beaten
- 2 cups buttermilk
- ¼ cup melted butter
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan.
- In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and baking soda.
- In a small bowl blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in butter. Pour into prepared loaf pan.
- Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.