Irish Soda Bread

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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!

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.

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