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White Soda Bread Recipe

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White Soda Bread is a popular Irish bread recipe that only requires four ingredients and no yeast.

Tim Allen, author of The Ballymaloe Bread Book, says soda bread became popular in Ireland in the early 1800s when baking soda became widely available.

Loaf of white soda bread

Recipe Ingredients

1 pound unbleached white flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon bread soda
12 to 14-ounces buttermilk

Note: Bread soda is bicarbonate of soda or baking soda, which you can find in every supermarket. Baking powder, at one-quarter the strength of baking soda, will not do the job.

Recipe Directions

Sieve together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the center. Pour most of the milk in all at once. using one hand, mix in the flour from the sides of the bowl, adding more milk if necessary. The dough should be soft, not too wet or sticky. When it all comes together, turn it out onto a well-floured worked surface.

Wash and dry your hands. Knead dough lightly and briefly, just enough to tidy it up, flip over. Pat the dough into a round about 1-1/2 inches deep and cut a cross into it. Let the cuts go over the sides of the bread.

Bake in a 450 degree oven for 15 minutes, then turn down the oven to 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until the bread is fully cooked.

If in doubt, tap the bottom of the bread. If it is cooked, it will sound hollow.

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