Traditional Irish Soda Bread

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3 ½ c flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 ¾ c buttermilk*

*Although the recipe can be made using regular milk, the taste and texture are much better if you use buttermilk.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease and flour a round cake pan (8 or 9 inch).

In a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients together. Pour in 1 ½ c of buttermilk and mix quickly. Add in remaining ¼ c buttermilk and mix. Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead for only a few seconds to make sure it holds together. Shape into a round disk and place in the prepared cake pan. Cut a cross in the top of the bread. Cover with another cake pan.

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove top cake pan and bake an additional 15 minutes. When bread is done, you will hear a hollow sound when you thump the bottom.

Slice and enjoy with butter.