Irish soda bread

For my friends who requested the recipe:

Makes 1 Loaf:
450 g/1lb/3-3/4 US cups of wholemeal wheat flour
175 g/6oz/1-1/2 cups plain white flour
1 teasp (generous) bicarbonate of soda
1 teasp salt
About 450 ml/15 fl oz (scant) 2 US cups buttermilk or almond or coconut milk with dash of lemon to thicken.

Pre-heat oven to 200 C/400F or Gas 6
Mix flours, salt and soda in a bowl
Add enough buttermilk to make a soft dough
Flour your hands and work surface and knead lightly by hand, until the dough is smooth. Don’t use a machine
Shape into a circle about 4cm/1-1/2 inches deep
Take sharp, well-floured knife and cut a deep cross in the top
Place on a baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes
To see if it is fully cooked test it by tapping the bottom and listening for a hollow sound
Cool on a rack or, if you like a soft crust, wrapped in a linen or cotton tea-cloth
Eat the same day


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