Sieve the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Add the buttermilk and start kneading to make a soft dough. While kneading you will notice the soda and buttermilk reacting. Form a round loaf and place it on a lightly-floured baking sheet. Cut a cross on the top of the loaf. Bake the soda bread in a preheated oven at 425 F for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the loaf comes out clean. After baking cover the soda bread with a piece of parchment paper and a clean kitchen towel to prevent it from hardening too much on the outside.
Soda breads are very popular throughout Ireland and there are many varieties of recipes for them. This recipe is the very basic one from where you can start.
About the author: George Krumov is a Red Seal certified chef with many years of culinary experience working around the world in Europe, the Middle East, the cruise line industry and North America. In the last two decades he has headed the kitchens of several restaurants in Canada, and ran his own restaurant.