I just did a quick search of the blog and realize that I’ve neglected to ever post a recipe for Irish Soda bread. I copied down this recipe while watching “The Victory Garden” close to 20 years ago and have been making it ever since. It never lets me down.
4 cups of flour (this is roughly 1 lb.), 1 1/2 tsp. of baking soda, dash salt, 1 T. of sugar. Mix (I often add cheese and chopped herbs at this point). Make a well and add 1 1/2 cups of soured milk (you can use buttermilk too or I just measure the milk and add a dash of vinegar to it). Mix only until it holds together. Form a large round loaf and score the top with a sharp knife.
Start the oven on the low side (330) and let bake for around 20 minutes. Turn the heat up to 350-60 at that point and bake for another 15 minutes you’ll get a lovely thick crust on this dense bread. Turn upside down and tap the bottom. If it has a hollow sound then you are all set.
NOTE: If you start with a hot oven you will end-up with really crusty bread with a doughy centre. Ick.