Makes 1 Loaf
- 2 lbs (900g) Plain Flour
- 2 teaspoons (10 ml) Salt
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) Bread Soda
- 4 oz (100g) Butter
- Up to 1½ pints (900 ml) Buttermilk
- Extra Wholemeal Flour to sprinkle
Although I’ve never smelt the aroma of the white soda bread, it sounds delicious.
Lightly grease a baking sheet. Pre-heat oven to 190oC/375oF/Gas 5
Sift the flour, salt, bread soda into a large bowl, tipping any bran from the flour back into the bowl. Rub the butter into the flour mixture, then adding buttermilk to make a soft dough. You may not need it all so add carefully. Knead the dough lightly until smooth. then transfer to the baking sheet and shape to a large round, about 2 in thick. Using the back of a wooden spoon make a large cross on top of the dough. Sprinkle a little extra flour. My great granny never set a timer, she just knew when it was cooked. Cool for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
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