Irish Soda Bread with Clabber (Buttermilk)

(Dairy)

Ingredients:

Parchment paper

2 pounds all-purpose flour (small size bag), plus extra for dusting

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1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

1/3 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated

2 1/2 cups buttermilk (or 2 1/2 cups milk mixed with 1 1/4 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If using milk instead of clabber (buttermilk), mix milk with lemon juice.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, place 2 pounds flour, salt, baking soda, and brown sugar. Using the dough hook, stir to combine.

3. Add the cheddar cheese to the flour mixture. While mixing, gradually pour in buttermilk or milk mixture, until dough clumps together. (You may not need all of the milk.)

4. Dust your kitchen counter with flour. Remove dough from the bowl, shape into a ball, and roll in the flour on the counter. Dough will be coarse. Shape dough into a round loaf and flatten slightly. Dough will display cracks. Place dough on the parchment paper.

5. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown and cake tester inserted in the center comes clean. Cool to warm. Slice and serve.

Yield: 1 (7-inch) loaf, about 14 slices

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