Irish Soda Bread
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons caraway seeds (optional)
- 1 teaspoon baking-soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups (about) buttermilk
- 1 tbsp. sugar (optional)
Sugar is not traditional in soda bread, it’s just a personal preference!!
Heat oven to 425 degrees. If using a pizza stone, make sure it is in the center of the oven. If using a baking sheet, line with parchment and sprinkle with flour.
Whisk dry ingredients together and make a well in the center.
Pour in 1 ¼ cups of buttermilk and stir together. If dough doesn’t come together, add buttermilk 1 tbsp. at a time.
Turn dough out on floured counter and gently pull the dough together. DO NOT ‘knead’ and handle the dough unnecessarily. This will make it tough!
Shape the dough into a circle about 2 inches thick. With a sharp knife, cut a deep cross in the center.
Place in the oven for about 30 minutes or until brown and bottom sounds hollow when tapped.
Remove from oven to a rack. Wrap with a clean tea towel and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes.