Irish Soda Bread
|Plain white flour||1 1⁄2 Pound (6 cups)|
|Buttermilk/Sour milk /fresh milk||1⁄2 Pint (if the last, 1 teasp. cream of tartar is added to dry ingredients)|
|Bicarbonate of soda||1 Teaspoon|
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a basin and make a well in the centre.
Add enough milk to make a thick dough.
Stir with a wooden spoon; the pouring should be done in large quantities, not spoonful by spoonful.
The mixture should be slack but not wet and the mixing done lightly and quickly.
Add a little more milk if it seems too stiff.
With floured hands put on to a lightly floured board or table and flatten the dough into a circle about 1 1/2 in. thick.
Put on to a baking sheet, and make a large cross over it with a floured knife.
(This is to ensure even distribution of heat.) Bake in a moderate to hot oven (375Â° F.-400Â° F. electric; gas regulo 5) for about 40 minutes.
Test the centre with a skewer before removing from the oven.
To keep the bread soft, it is wrapped up in a clean tea-towel.
This quantity will make 1 large loaf or 2 small ones.