Traditional Irish Soda Bread (from The Promise of Change)
Sarah’s favorite way to enjoy it is slathered with mascarpone cheese, topped with fresh sliced strawberries, and accompanied by a cup of English Breakfast Tea.
• 4 cups whole wheat flour
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1 tsp. baking soda
• 1 ½ cups buttermilk
Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Brush a baking sheet with melted butter or spray with non-stick spray.
Combine dry ingredients in a deep bowl. Gradually stir in 1 cup buttermilk, beating constantly, until dough is firm enough to be gathered into a ball. If dough crumbles, add up to ½ cup more buttermilk, 1 tablespoon at a time,
until it holds together.
Place dough on a lightly floured board and pat into an 8-inch flattened round loaf, but avoid too much handling or the bread will become tough.
Place loaf on baking sheet and slash a ½-inch deep "X" into the top of the dough with a small, sharp knife.
Bake at 425 degrees F for about 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.