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- Ready In:
- 4 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 2⁄3 cups buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Combine ingredients.
- Bake 30-45 minutes.
- Makes 2 loaves.
- The thicker the buttermilk, the drier or tougher the dough.
- The thinner the buttermilk, the softer or stickier the dough.
- The drier dough, tough dough works better because it holds its shape better, cuts easier and seems to cook faster.
- The softer dough tends to want to flatten out, it's hard to cut, takes longer to knead, you have to add a little more flour to make it tougher. It also takes longer to bake.
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Soda Bread is a traditional Irish recipe made with only four ingredients. Flour, buttermilk salt and baking soda or bread soda. The cross is cut into the bread before baking to allow the center to cook thoroughly as it rises. So when you put a clean knife into the middle of the bread to test it and it comes out clean, you will know the bread is done.It is then traditionally wrapped in a clean tea towel or piece of linen to cool. This softens the hard crust and makes it easier to cut.
This is the real deal, not one of those faux "soda bread" recipes with additional ingredients. (They might be tasty but they are not real soda bread.) Let the bread cool and rest a few hours if you want the slices to hold together. I never can though. It's too good warm! Thanks for posting this authentic recipe.
Excellent recipe! I love that it makes two loaves. I kneaded floured raisins into the dough (about one cup) along with another cup or so of flour, and it turned out fantastically. My family of four devoured one whole loaf during our St. Patrick's Day dinner. I'm so glad we have have one left. Delicious!
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