White Soda Bread

3 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 c. buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place parchment paper on a flat baking sheet.
Sift the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center. Pour 12 oz. of the buttermilk in all at once. Using one hand, mix in the flour from the sides of the bowl; adding more milk if necessary. The dough should be soft; not too wet and sticky. When it all comes together, turn it out onto a well-floured board. Wash and dry your hands. Knead lightly for a second, just enough to tidy it up; flip over. Pat the dough into a round shape about 12 inches and cut a cross in the top. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes then turn the oven down to 400 degrees and cook for another 20 – 30 minutes or until cooked. Tap the bottom of the bread to check – it should sound hollow.

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