Jean’s white Irish soda bread

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My friend Jean is an amazing baker and cook. For our St. Patrick’s Day party she made white Irish soda bread. It was so insanely good that I ate nothing but protein all day so I could enjoy a slice at night. My mom and I went through the entire loaf very quickly. I was so happy that she gave me her recipe so I could try it on my own.

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons caraway seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

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Preparation

Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly flour baking sheet. Mix flour, caraway seeds, if using, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Mix in enough buttermilk to form moist clumps. Gather dough into ball. If bread is too sticky, add more flour, if it’s too dry, add more buttermilk.

Turn out onto lightly flour surfaced and knead just until dough holds together, about 1 minute. Shape dough into 6-inch-diameter by 2-inch-high round. Place on prepared baking sheet. Cut 1-inch-deep X across top of bread, extending almost to edges. Bake until bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on bottom, about 35 minutes. Transfer bread to rack and cool completely.