Soda bicarb gives this classic, crusty bread its intriguing name. Use good quality buttermilk for the best flavour. This is a great recipe!
I used by KitchenAid Stand Up Mixer and the whole thing took 10 minutes at best to prepare. And, it was delicious! I would recommend turning the oven down just a hair and cooking it for a little longer. I've made this now a couple of times and sometimes the outside seems done, but the inside is doughy. Longer cook time; lower heat. Great recipe! - 17 Mar 2002 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I didn't rate this recipe as high as "Irresistible Irish Soda bread" simply because there was some kneading involved which was just a bit more difficult than pouring a batter. However, I LOVED this bread recipe. It had a very flaky crust and was so delicious. I will definitely keep this one around. - 17 Mar 2002 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Yummy! I substituted 1 c. of whole wheat flour for 1 c. of the all-purpose, used butter instead of margarine, AND flattened the ball of dough a bit before baking. It turned out great -- we all loved it and I will be making it often! (Oh, and you probably don't need all that butter and milk to brush on top - a couple of tablespoons would be plenty.) - 16 Mar 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)