For all of those with a fear of yeast, proofing, rising and all other slightly scary elements associated with homemade bread, it’s time to push those fears aside! This yeast-free, no proofing needed, rise-less soda bread is for you.
If you have 10 minutes and a few simple ingredients, you’ll be well on your way to a warm loaf of DIY bread that’s perfect for everything from slicing to sandwiching. But if you really want to go the extra mile, transform this light and tender soda bread into bread pudding, savory French toast or the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.
So whether you’re adding a touch of tradition to your St. Patrick’s Day party or are just looking to satisfy that homemade carb craving, preheat your oven and get ready for the simplest of all soda breads!
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- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon caraway seeds
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and caraway seeds. Add the buttermilk and melted butter and stir just until the dough is cohesive but still lumpy.
- Transfer the dough onto a well-floured work surface then gently knead the dough about 8 times until it is slightly less sticky. (See Kelly’s Note.) Form the dough into a 6-inch domed round then place it on an ungreased, nonstick baking sheet. Cut a large, 1/2-inch deep “X” across the top then dust the top with 2 teaspoons flour.
- Bake the bread until it is golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer the loaf to a cooling rack to cool completely then slice and serve.
- Do not overknead the bread or it will be tough and dense. The dough should still be very sticky after kneading it only 8 times.
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Recipe adapted from Gourmet Live.