How to make it

  • Sieve dry ingredients into a large bowl. Scoop up
  • handfuls and allow to drop back into the bowl to
  • aerate the mixture. Add enough buttermilk to make a
  • soft dough. Now work quickly as the buttermilk and
  • soda are already reacting. Knead the dough lightly -
  • too much handling will toughen it, while too little
  • means it won't rise properly. Form a round loaf about
  • as thick as your fist. Place it on a lightly floured
  • baking sheet and cut a cross in the top with a floured
  • knife. Put at once to bake near the top of a
  • pre-heated oven, gas mark 8, 450 degrees F, for 30-45
  • minutes. When baked, the loaf will sound hollow when
  • rapped on the bottom with your knuckles. Wrap
  • immediately in a clean tea-towl to stop the crust
  • hardening too much. **Note: Wheaten bread or Brown
  • soda is made in exactly the same way but with
  • wholemeal flour replacing all or some of the white
  • flour; this mixture will probably require less
  • buttermilk. Another aviation is to add 1/2 cup of
  • sultanas to the white bread - this loaf is known as
  • Spotted Dick. Source: The Little Irish Cookbook by
  • John Murray.

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  • gelfling545 8 years ago
    Looks like every soda bread I've ever seen - delicious and fine. I will be trying the recipe for a party on 3/17.
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    " It was excellent "
    spinach1948 ate it and said...
    A great recipe.
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