Irish Soda Bread

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Making soda bread takes hardly any effort, but the result is just so satisfying!  And such versatility!  A loaf can show up at any meal–breakfast, lunch, tea, supper, and give a stellar performance every time!   You can keep it plain and simple, or gussy it up with a few additions, such as nuts, seeds, dried fruit, or herbs.  If you’ve never tried it, put it on your to-do list.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Soda Bread

4 cups flour

2 tsp baking sodaIMG_2235

1/2 tsp salt

1 3/4 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Grease and very lightly flour an 8″ round layer pan.  In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.  Stir in the buttermilk to form a slightly sticky ball of dough.  Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead gently a few times.  Form the dough into a ball, flatten (by hand or with rolling pin) and then press to fill the prepared pan.  The dough should reach the edges of the pan, but may spring back slightly. Cut an X into the dough with a sharp knife, about 1/4 of an inch deep.  Cover the pan of dough with another round layer pan turned upside down.  Bake for 30 minutes, covered, then remove the top pan and bake uncovered for about 10 minutes more or until the crust is  golden brown and crusty.IMG_2258a

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