I love soda bread. Its a fantastic loaf for for those moments when you want a loaf but only have a short amount of time. Unlike a traditional loaf it has no yeast. The rising agent is the reaction between baking soda and buttermilk. I like this particular recipe because its lovely and soft.
All purpose flour - 4 cups
sugar - 4 Tbls
Baking Soda - 1 tsp
Baking powder - 1 Tbls
salt - 1/2 tsp
Butter - 1/2 cup soft
Buttermilk - 1 cup
Preheat the oven to 375F
Combine all of the ingredients in large bowl and mix together. Don't over mix, just until combined.
Pull out of the bowl and form a loaf in the middle of a piece of baking parchment. Cut the loaf in quarters and then gently squish back together. Doing this will give better access for the heat into the center of the loaf.
Place loaf and parchment into a heavy bottomed skillet (I use a cast iron skillet) or a baking stone.
Bake for 45 minutes or until baked all the way through. Set on a rack and let cool. As easy as that.
Recipe was found on Mom's Need to Know