Crusty Irish White Bread

5 cups all purpose flour
3 t. baking soda
2 1/2 t. salt
3 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place dry ingredients in mixing bowl and stir vigorously with a whisk to fully incorporate. Create a "well" in the center and pour in half of the buttermilk. Using a mixing spoon, pull the flour from the sides into the buttermilk and mix. Add remaining buttermilk. At this point, it is helpful to use your hands to incorporate the dough. Combine thoroughly. Turn the dough out onto a generously floured surface. Knead for about 2 minutes, adding additional flour as needed to prevent sticking. Shape dough into a loaf and place in a well greased, medium size loaf pan.
Bake for 30 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake additional 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Wonderful served with Irish butter!

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