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Southern Soda Bread

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Prep time 10 mins
Bake time 1 hr, 20 mins
Cool time 1 hr, 10 mins
Yield Makes 2 loaves
This soda bread is a savory delicacy that you will love to have present at your dinner table on any night of the week. It takes very minimal hands-on time to prepare and with just a little over an hour of baking, it will practically be ready to serve.

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk together first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in center of mixture. Add buttermilk, eggs, and butter, whisking just until thoroughly blended. (Batter should be almost smooth.) Pour batter into 2 lightly greased 8 1/2- x 4 1/2-inch loaf pans.

  2. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Rotate pans in oven, and shield with aluminum foil. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife along edges of bread to loosen from pans. Remove from pans to wire rack, and cool completely (about 1 hour).