The original recipe for Irish soda bread uses only four ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk or sour milk. Soda bread is best when it is still almost warm.
4 c flour (whole wheat flour)
4 c flour (all purpose flour, white)
2 t salt
2 t baking soda
3 1⁄2 c buttermilk
- Mix together all the dry ingredients.
- Create a well into he center and pour in half of the buttermilk. Mix carefully and slowly add just enough buttermilk to make a soft dough. You may not need to use all of the buttermilk.
- Turn dough out on a floured surface. Do not knead or handle dough too much, this could cause the bread to toughen. Seperate the dough into 2 loaves and quickley shape into 2 circles.
- Place the loaves into a greased 7 inch pie pan and cut a deep cross onto the top with a knife.
- Bake at 450° F (230 ° C) for 15 minutes, then reduce to 400° F (200 ° C) and bake for an additional 25 minutes. The bread will be a light brown. Turn out onto a rack to cool. Slice as soon as it has cooled.