Irish Soda Bread

  • irishsodabreadlg1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 1/3 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Thoroughly combine baking soda, sugar, flour, salt and cream of tartar. Make a well in the center. Add buttermilk and mix lightly and quickly with a fork.

Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead for one minute. Shape into a circle, about 1 1/2 inch thick. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Slash a large “X” in the top.

Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for 40-45 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack. Brush top with butter while still warm. Cool before slicing to serve.

Variations: 1 cup raisins, craisins, citron or dried fruits and a few tablespoons caraway seeds may be added. 1/2 yogurt or sour cream and 1/2 milk may be substituted for buttermilk.