Soda Bread

9-inch pie plate, greased/buttered.
Baking time will be approx. 45 minutes @ 325 degrees.

Ingredients:
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, soft ground if possible.
Extra flour for mixing in, usually not more than 2 cups.
2-1/2 teaspoons baking soda.
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder.
1 teaspoon salt.
7-10 tablespoons sugar (depending on how sweet you want it).
3/4 cup butter.
1-1/4 cup buttermilk.

Mix dry materials. Cut in butter until crumb-like (I have found it also works well to melt the butter first and mash everything up with a fork). Add buttermilk and mix. Add extra flour until mixed and stiffened so that it’s able to hold itself together and can be picked up with the hands.

Roll into ball and place into buttered glass pie pan. Press down until even (approx. 2 inches thick, usually). Cut a cross in the top, almost to the bottom of the pan, with a floured knife.

Bake approx. 45 minutes until golden brown and sounding hollow when thumped with a wooden spoon.

After it is taken out of oven, brush with extra melted butter on top and sides — I usually find that if I take two stick of butter, reserve 1-1/2 sticks for the 3/4 cup melted butter, and use the remaining 1/2 stick to grease the pie plate and then melt whatever’s left after that and use to brush on the soda bread after baking, thus using up 2 sticks total, everything works out about right.

Can be stored at least two days in glass dome or plastic bag. Is usually better when 1 day old. Goes VERY well with butter and honey, among other things.

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