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White Irish Soda Bread

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Category: Breads
Recipe Created By: Christi


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1/2 heaping tsp baking soda
1/2 heaping tsp salt
4 cups flour
1 1/4 cup buttermilk or substitute


Sift the flour, salt and baking soda into a bowl. Make a well in the center. Pour in most of the buttermilk in to make a loose dough, adding more if necessary. Turn the dough onto a floured board and knead it very slightly. Turn the smooth side up. Flatten it carefully and cut a deep cross on the top.

Bake at 400 °F for about 45 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow if you tap the base. (You may need to turn it over for 5 minutes or so to achieve this.) Place the loaf on a wire rack with a clean tea towel over it to let it cool slowly.


Brown Soda Bread Variation: Use 1 cup white flour, 3 cups whole-wheat flour; bake for 35 minutes, wrap in tea towel and put on rack to cool


Buttermilk Substitute can be make by combining 1 Tbsp lemon juice (or vinegar) and filling the remainder of the cup with soy or rice milk. Let stand for a couple of minutes. Make with milk substitute that is safe for for your needs.

Gluten: Gluten is a protein found in specific grains (wheat, spelt, kamut, barley, rye). Other grains are naturally gluten-free but may have cross-contact with gluten-containing grains. Look for certified gluten-free products if you need to avoid gluten. Find out more about wheat and gluten substitutions.

Milk and Soy Substitutions: Alternative dairy-free milk beverages and products will work in most recipes. Find out more about milk substitutions and soy substitutions.

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