IRISH SODA BREAD (traditional recipe)
This is very much like a scone recipe without the butter.
2½ cups plain (all purpose) flour
1 teaspoon baking soda (bicarb)
1 teaspoon salt
1¼ cups buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350F and grease or line a baking sheet.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, soda and salt and mix together. Add buttermilk and mix first with a spoon and then your hand, until the dough comes together.
The dough should be moist, but not so sticky so adjust the buttermilk accordingly. All flours are different, and flour needs less fluid on a humid day, so watch your dough and adjust as
Don't over mix as it will give you a tough bread. Stop mixing as soon as all the ingredents are mixed in.
Sprinkle plain flour on your bench and roll the dough to smooth it a little, then shape it into a round and place on the baking sheet. Cut an X into the top with a sharp knife and bake for about 45 minutes, until golden brown.
Cool on a wire rack for about 5 minutes before slicing. Bread is best served hot.