In 1824 "The Virginia Housewife" by Mary Randolph was published. It contained a recipe for Soda Cake.
Dissolve half a pound of sugar in a pint of milk; add a teaspoon of soda, pour it on two pounds of flour--melt half a pound of butter. Knead all together until light. Pour it in shallow molds and bake it quickly in a quick oven."
I have not tried the recipe above.
I did bake this one last night.
It was great toasted with butter. My first taste of Soda Bread. I will be doing more of these I think.
Irish Ladies’ Soda Bread
3 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1-1/2 cups raisins
1-1/2 cups buttermilk
Sift together the dry ingredients. Gently stir in the butter, raisins and buttermilk.
Knead gently and place in a lightly greased and floured round 8-inch pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 55 minutes.
I added 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar to 1 1/2 cups of skim milk. I didn't have any buttermilk.
Scott in Houston