Seeded Sourdough Soda Bread

Soda bread is one of our staples around St. Patrick's Day, and this year we wanted to do something a little different. While we've always loved our tried and true soda bread recipe, we've also embraced this variation, which is chock full of our Harvest Grains Blend and has a just a touch of background sourdough note.

Prep
10 mins
Bake
30 to 40 mins
Total
40 mins
Yield
Two 6" to 8" loaves
Seeded Sourdough Soda Bread

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line it with parchment.

  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, Harvest Grains Blend, baking soda, and salt.

  3. In a separate bowl (or in a measuring cup), whisk together the starter, butter, honey, and milk. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. The dough will be stiff; if it's too crumbly to squeeze together, add another tablespoon or two of milk.

  4. Knead the dough a couple of times to make sure it's holding together, divide it in half, and shape each half into a ball. Flatten the balls slightly, and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Use a sharp knife to cut a 1/2"-deep cross, extending all the way to the edges, atop each loaf.

  5. Bake the loaves for 30 to 40 minutes, until they're golden brown and a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the loaves from the oven, and brush their tops with melted butter, if desired.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Don’t have any starter? Here’s a recipe for homemade sourdough starter. If you're making it from scratch, you'll need to feed it for 5 to 7 days before it’s ready for baking. Want a head start? Purchase our classic fresh sourdough starter – it’ll be ready for baking about 24 hours after it arrives at your door. Looking for tips, techniques, and all kinds of great information about sourdough baking? Find what you need in our sourdough baking guide.

  • If you don't have our Irish-Style Wholemeal Flour, our Premium Whole Wheat Flour is a good substitute.