Chocolate Chip Soda Bread


Traditional Irish soda bread with a sweet, chocolatey twist. Unbelievably simple to make, no kneading, no proving, and ready for the oven in under 10 minutes.

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Traditional Irish soda bread with a sweet, chocolatey twist. Unbelievably simple to make, no kneading, no proving, and ready for the oven in under 10 minutes.

I enjoy making bread but it takes sooooooo long. By the time I’ve made, kneaded and proved the dough (twice) that’s several hours gone. Admittedly I can go and do other things whilst the bread is proving, but I can’t really go out as I need to keep an eye on it to make sure that I don’t overprove it.

That’s where soda bread comes in. It’s unbelievably simple. All you have to do it put the ingredients in a bowl, mix them up and pop them in the oven. Its about the easiest thing you can make.

Traditional Irish soda bread with a sweet, chocolatey twist. Unbelievably simple to make, no kneading, no proving, and ready for the oven in under 10 minutes.

Before Christmas I decided to have a go at making a sweet soda bread as I was interested to see how it would turn out. When I had a quick look at what other recipes are about I noticed that there was quite a lot of sweet soda bread but it always seemed to be centred around using spices and dried fruit. I decided to try something a little different and threw in some chocolate chips and vanilla instead. The result was delicious. Put it this way, Jon was on a bit of a pre-Christmas diet and was being extremely strict about it, never cracking despite lots of temptation. However, after trying a little taste of the chocolate chip soda bread (he always has to taste what I make and give his opinion) he then went and polished off several slices.

Traditional Irish soda bread with a sweet, chocolatey twist. Unbelievably simple to make, no kneading, no proving, and ready for the oven in under 10 minutes.

Perfect for cooking with children

After watching the enjoyment Daniel had last week when he was making Fairy Cakes with Jon, I decided that I wanted to get him more involved in the kitchen. He clearly enjoys it, and it’s important to me that he knows his way around the kitchen so he’s able to fend for himself when he’s older.

The simplicity of this recipe makes it perfect for making with your little ones.  Simply put all of the ingredients in a bowl, stick your hands in and give it a good mix. The fact that you can get mucky bringing the dough together with your hands makes it all the more fun.

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Measuring the ingredients for his chocolate chip soda bread

Chocolate Chip Soda Bread Recommended Equipment

To make this chocolate chip soda bread you’ll need…

  • Weighing scales
  • A large bowl
  • A baking tray
  • Baking parchment or a silicon baking sheet
  • Tin foil
  • Wire cooling rack

Chocolate Chip Soda Bread

Active Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 42 minutes

Makes 1 small loaf (about 8 slices)

Chocolate Chip Soda Bread

Ingredients

  • 200g Plain Flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 20g golden caster sugar + ½ tbsp for sprinkling on top before baking
  • 50g milk chocolate chips
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 150ml buttermilk

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 220ºC/200ºC fan.
  2. Line a baking tray with a sheet of baking parchment or a silicon baking sheet.
  3. Put all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl (200g plain flour, ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda, 20g golden caster sugar, 50g milk chocolate chips) and give them a quick stir so they're all mixed up.
  4. Add in the buttermilk (150ml) and vanilla extract (½ tsp) and mix thoroughly until you have a ball of dough. You can use a spoon but I prefer to use my hands as its easier to ensure that everything is fully combined. If there are any dry bits at the bottom that won't combine add a little extra buttermilk if you have it or if you don't a little milk until it is all combined.
  5. Form the dough into a ball and place on the baking tray. Sprinkle ½ tbsp golden caster sugar on the top and then cut a cross in the top with a sharp knife.
  6. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes, remove from the oven, loosely cover with foil and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes.
  7. Check the loaf is cooked by tapping on the bottom. It should sound hollow. If it doesn't then pop it back in (still covered in foil) for another few minutes.
  8. Once cooked, move to a rack to cool.

Notes

Can be easily doubled to make a larger loaf. However, it may need longer in the over to cook completely.

http://charlotteslivelykitchen.com/chocolate-chip-soda-bread/

Chocolate chip nutritional information per slice

Chocolate chip soda bread nutritional information per slice

This is the estimated nutritional information per slice (assumes 8 slices per loaf). Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.


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11 Comments:

  1. I couldn’t be bothered with all the faff (proving / kneading etc.) so all the bread I make is easy peasy, no kneading and no mess, he he! I have some dough raising now, and it will be ready to bake in the morning. x

  2. This looks so good, I too am a fan of soda bread when you can’t be bothered with the kneading and mess of yeasted bread. But kneading can be very therapeutic I find!

    • Charlotte Oates

      I completely agree, when I’ve got the time I love to make a proper loaf. The kneading can be so relaxing and it’s always satisfying to go back after an hour and see that the dough has risen as it’s supposed to. This is for those days when time’s just not there. It’s also great to make with little ones as there’s nothing much to get wrong.

  3. Ha ha, you got me there! I’ve only made them once. Had I read the recipe before I got started, I would have gone to M&S!!

  4. Soda bread is brilliant to make and your recipe reminds me of the sweet soda bread I make with apple and sultanas. I love the idea of using chocolate chips, I can see this being popular with my children. x

    • Charlotte Oates

      It’s really yummy with chocolate chips. Daniel loves it, especially as he was so proud of helping to make it too.

  5. That looks amazing, I am obsessed with soda bread and chocolate so this is my dream bake! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

  6. My jaw is dropped. I didn’t know soda bread was this magical unicorn of easy bread making! I’m sure there’s some fairy tears in there too it’s so darn simple! Giving it a go this weekend!

    .:Marta:

    • Charlotte Oates

      Thanks Marta. I hope you enjoy it, just don’t forget the fairy tears or it’s turn out really terrible! 🙂

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