Steam-Baked Irish Soda Bread

Carlene Thomas RDN
Carlene Thomas RDN
March 31, 2023
Irish soda bread comes together quickly and easily when using the Anova Precision Oven’s steam setting. Traditionally, Irish soda bread was cooked in a covered skillet to trap steam and produce a crust with a soft interior. We can use the Precision Oven to produce the same results with ease. The two-stage bake transitions automatically to create a bread with golden brown color, crisp crust, and fully cooked interior, all without worrying about burning.
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Steam-Baked Irish Soda Bread
4.75 (4)
3 cups (420g)
all-purpose flour
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp (140g)
oat flour
1 Tbsp (13g)
brown sugar
1.5 tsp (4.5g)
kosher salt
1 tsp (5g)
baking soda
4 Tbsp (57g)
unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 cup (140g)
1.75 cups (425g)
1 large
egg, lightly beaten

1. Preheat the Oven

Sous Vide Mode: Off
Steam: 25%
Temp: 395°F
Heat: Rear

2. Mix Dry Ingredients

In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, salt, and baking soda until evenly combined.
Mix Dry Ingredients

3. Work in Butter and Raisins

Add the butter. Use your hands to rub it into the flour mixture to create a course meal. Stir in the raisins.
Work in Butter and Raisins

4. Add Wet Ingredients

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour in the buttermilk and egg. (Keep the measuring cup used for the buttermilk.) Using a stiff spatula or wooden spoon, mix until a shaggy dough forms.
Add Wet Ingredients

5. Shape

Transfer to a lightly floured counter. Knead lightly a few times to bring the dough together, then bring together to form a round. Remember, this is not a yeast bread so you don’t need to worry about getting the dough smooth and shiny.

6. Wash and Cut

Place on a parchment or silicone mat-lined sheet pan. Brush with residual buttermilk from the measuring cup. Use a sharp chef’s knife to cut a large X in the top of the dough about 1 inch deep.
Wash and Cut

7. High Heat Bake

Transfer to the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
Sous Vide Mode: Off
Steam: 25%
Temp: 395°F
Heat: Rear
00:10 Timer

8. Final Bake

Let the oven automatically adjust to the second baking stage. Continue to bake until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom, about 28 minutes.
Sous Vide Mode: Off
Steam: 25%
Temp: 360°F
Heat: Rear
00:28 Timer

9. Cool and Serve

Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before serving with butter.
Cool and Serve
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