It was cold and damp this morning, a real Ireland-type day. So after my morning walk, I made some Irish soda bread for breakfast. It's worth eating late! I make plain soda bread, no raisins, so at lunch, it also worked for a special turkey sandwich. Did I mention? YUM!
I got a request for the recipe, so here it is:
White Soda Bread
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 9" cake pan.
In a large bowl, sift together all dry ingredients.
Add the buttermilk to form a sticky dough, making sure all the flour is incorporated. (May take a little more than 2 cups buttermilk.) Place on a floured surface and knead lightly for about a minute or two.
Shape dough into round flat shape in cake pan. Do not worry about making it fit the pan; it should be a little smaller in diameter than your pan. Cut a cross on top of the dough.
Cover the pan with another cake pan and bake for 30 minutes. Remove lid and bake additional 10-15 minutes. The bottom of the loaf should sound hollow when tapped.