Soda Bread is a quick bread leavened with baking soda instead of yeast. This is where the “soda” part of the name comes from (no soft drinks involved). I decided to try spelt flour in my recipe this time, and the bread turned out hearty and rustic looking!
2 cups spelt flour
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk (depending on the humidity level of your location and the quality of the flour you are using, you might need additional 1/2 cup of buttermilk)
Preheat oven to 400 F. Oil or butter a baking sheet, and set it aside. In a large mixing bowl, sift flours, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Add buttermilk into the dry mixture. Mix until the dough holds together. Add more buttermilk if it is crumbly. Place it on a floured surface, and shape into an 8 inch round loaf. With a knife cut an X shape into the dough. Place on the baking sheet. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve with butter.