Traditional Irish Soda Bread
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. (3-1/2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour; more as needed
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Stir together the flour, salt and baking in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle of the mixture and pour in 1½ cups of the buttermilk.
  3. Use a wooden spoon or your hand to combine the ingredients. You want the dough to be soft- don't over mix it. Add more buttermilk if needed to get the dough to come together.
  4. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and give it a few kneads and shape it into a 6-inch diameter disk (about 2 inches tall.)
  5. Use a sharp knife to score an X on the top of the loaf (I did mine a bit too deep as you can tell, you only need to cut in a little bit.) Transfer to a cookie sheet or pizza stone and bake for 15 mins.
  6. Reduce the heat to 400F and bake for another 20-25 minutes or until the crust is golden, and the bread sounds hollow when you tap it.
  7. Let bread cool slightly before slicing and slathering with salted butter!
Notes
Recipe from: Fine Cooking
Recipe by The Baker Chick at https://www.thebakerchick.com/traditional-irish-soda-bread/