Common all over Ireland, soda bread used to be cooked in lidded iron pots called bastables that were suspended over the fireplace.
This and potato bread remind me of childhood visits to my grandmother who lived in a small cottage by
Soda bread doesn’t keep well. If you bake in the morning for the same evening, wrap the loaf in a clean cloth to prevent drying.
If you cannot find buttermilk, use skimmed milk or even half milk, half water, but you will need to double the quantity of cream of tartar.
I have seen recipes for soda bread using wholemeal flour or part wholemeal. I’m sure this would taste fine though I have never used it myself.
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