When I want extra-crusty, still-warm, butter-slathered bread to go with dinner, but don’t want to go through the hassle (does this happen to you, too?), I turn to soda bread.
While yeast-raised bread recipes can take days and days before you even turn on the oven (love you, sourdough, it’s just the truth), soda bread falls into the quick bread category for one big reason: It’s quick.
Instead of yeast, soda bread relies on—can you guess it?—baking soda for its leavening prowess. Which means all you have to do is combine your dry ingredients in a bowl, add liquid, stir, and get it in the oven.
Here are six of our favorite soda breads on the site. They’re perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, of course, but I make them way more often than that.
Emma is a writer and recipe developer at Food52. Before this, she worked a lot of odd jobs, all at the same time. Think: stir-frying noodles "on the fly," baking dozens of pastries at 3 a.m., reviewing restaurants, and writing articles about everything from how to use leftover mashed potatoes to the history of pies in North Carolina. Now she lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma's cooking column, Big Little Recipes, all about big flavor and little ingredient lists. And see what she's up to on Instagram and Twitter at @emmalaperruque.