Since St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner (March 17th), it is the perfect time to share my recipe for super simple Quick Irish Soda Bread with Garlic Chives. I made it for the first time only a year ago, but also many times since, because it is absolutely yumazing and, as the title reveals, it is quick! And we all love yummy and quick!
This bread is also such a special way to embrace the delicious, comfy, Irish cuisine with hardly any effort involved. 5 min prep + 30 min baking and the Quick Irish Soda Bread with Garlic Chives treat for your family and friends for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations is ready!
Wonderfully tasty Quick Irish Soda Bread with Garlic Chives
What a treat, let me tell you! Soft on the inside, but with some lovely crust on the outside – just like any fresh, respectable bread should be. The garlic chives add a pleasant, gentle hint of garlic, which truly complements the natural taste of the soda bread. (Believe me, the flavour is not strong or overpowering at all – unlike you’d spread, let’s say, garlic butter on your bruschetta or toast.)
Dear dunkers, Quick Irish Soda Bread with Garlic Chives is the perfect stew or soup dipper! I could eat it just like that every day, but a nice layer of salted butter, plus a slice of ham or cheese goes beautifully in a sandwich too.
This beautiful bread, as all soda breads, is quick to make. Soda acts with buttermilk really fast so no major kneading required here. You mix the ingredients roughly, tip it out on a baking tray and in 30 min take this beauty out of your oven! BTW: Some time ago Joy the baker shared some fab buttermilk substitutes on her website.
If you are a vegan you can replace the buttermilk with almond Milk and almond milk yogurt and a splash of vinegar – haven’t tested it, but sounds right! Thanks for sharing, Joy! I used ¾ part of plain yoghurt mixed with ¼ part of milk to substitute buttermilk, which I forgot to buy last time I was planning to make the Quick Irish Soda Bread with Garlic Chives and it worked just fine.
You can easily flavour your soda bread to your liking too. Put some finely chopped, fresh rosemary, thyme, onion chives, fresh garlic, basil, tarragon – you name it! I made my quick Irish soda bread with garlic chives – the garlic chives winked at me from the distance in the green section. They do that every year! Oh, I’m so happy that the Spring is almost here!
Just in case you are unsure about the garlic chives – they are as pungent as regular onion chives, but also have a nice touch of garlic in the flavour. When in season, I like to use them instead of onion chives in salads, mixed with plain cream cheese or as garnish to pretty much any dish I feel like it, whether it is fish, meat or pasta.
- 250g plain white flour
- 250g plain wholemeal flour
- 5 tbsp garlic chives (⅓ cup)
- About 400ml buttermilk
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 200C/390F/Gas 6, line a baking tray with parchment paper and sprinkle a bit of all purpose flour on the top.
- In a large bowl, mix flours, salt and soda. Make a well in the centre and pour in half buttermilk (or buttermilk substitute). Using your fingers or a spoon, draw the flour into the buttermilk. Continue to add the buttermilk and mixing the flour in until you have a sticky dough.
- Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, shape it into a ball and transfer onto the baking tray. Flatten the dough gently with a palm of your hand and, using a large knife, cut half way through the thickness of the dough to create 4 distinct quarters in the loaf.
- Dust the dough with the flour and bake for 30 minutes or until the loaf is golden brown and sounds hollow. Leave to cool on a wire rack.