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A clasic Irish soda bread. I found it in the "Irish Heritage Cookbook", but have modified it slightly. Also can have herbs added.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Lightly grease a 9-inch cake pan or 9x5 inch loaf pan.
- Sift the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and a pinch of salt together in a large bowl.
- Stir in the sugar.
- Make a well in the center, add the buttermilk, and work the milk into the flour until a soft dough is formed.
- It should be slightly elastic and not too sticky.
- If it appears too sticky, add flour a little at a time until you have a good dough.
- Turn the dough into the prepared pan and cut either a slit or a cross into the top.
- Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 400 degrees and bake until bread is golden brown and firm to the touch.
- (About 45 minutes.) Let cool slightly before slicing.
- Best if served warm with fresh butter, but also good fully cooled.