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Every pastry chef would do well to have a rustic bread formulation that can be used in any number of artisan bread applications. From focaccia to sandwich loaves, you need something universal that can be used as the canvas for all the rest of your genius creations.
This bread is prized for its perfect light texture, square shape, and delicate crumb. This baker’s formulation makes 13 loaves and is ideal for any bakery. We also include a home-baker’s version in this post.
Most Irish Soda Bread recipes are rather doughy heavy breads with a thick crust that is dry and doesn’t keep well. The flavor is usually lacking complexity. When our chef was developing this recipe, she wanted to have a softer crumb with full flavor that would last a few days.