To make a traditional Oberlies birthday cake, one needs buttermilk. But what to do with the spare buttermilk?! Make soda bread of course! The first time I came across soda bread, I was quite young — perhaps 12? In Girl Scouts we had annual Tasting Tea, an event where troops from across the area came together to introduce the world to each other. Each troop represented a different country, we learned about the history of the country, traditional foods and drink, handicrafts and dances.
I don’t recall much else about this Tea where we represented Ireland, except making the soda bread, and the importance of using a wooden spoon.
Soda bread has a wonderful flavour and texture – slather on some butter and you’ll forget to add anything else to your meal! Honestly my best comparison is KFC biscuits. It is super easy to make – 4 ingredients!
4 c – flour
1 tsp – baking soda
1 tsp – salt
2 c – buttermilk
Mixin’ it up:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a cake pan or 9×9 pan with cooking spray and lightly flour.
Shift together flour, salt and baking soda. Create a small well in bowl. Mix the buttermilk in gradually, stirring with a wooden spoon between each addition, until create sticky dough.
Spread some flour on a counter/cutting board and lightly (and I mean lightly) knead the dough. Form into a ball, flattening slightly. With a knife, cut an ‘X’ into the top of the bread.
Bake bread for about 40 minutes until golden brown. You can tell the bread is done by tapping it, it makes a hollow sound.