Millions have come to know Irish Soda bread as the loaf with raisins & caraway seeds. This in fact is more of a cake than traditional Irish Soda Bread. Long ago we did not have raisins as these were a luxury, imported item. They were a sign of wealth.Original Soda Bread is simply made from wheat flour, buttermilk, baking soda & salt. We eat this a lot with soup in Ireland or served with smoked salmon and fresh lemon. —Rachel Gaffney
Pre heat your oven to 375 degrees. You can use a floured pizza stone or 1lb loaf pan.
If you use the loaf pan, make sure you lightly grease it for easy removal.
In a large bowl, preferably a wide basin to make the mixing of the ingredients a lot easier, place all the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk mixture. Add the oil. Mix well with a wooden spoon and you may add more buttermilk if you wish. It should not be too dry.
I usually make a round loaf of bread. Flour your hands then place the dough on the floured pizza stone. Using the tip of a 'SHARP' knife, make a cross in the bread. Sprinkle with some extra oats if you wish for a rustic look. Bake for 45 minutes.
Remove and place on a wire cooling rack.