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.
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.
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.
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 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.