Soda bread is a type of quick bread common in Ireland since the mid 1800s. Instead of yeast, baking soda is used as the leavening agent (creates small air pockets in the dough to help it rise). In Ireland, soda breads are made from soft wheat (cake flour) and buttermilk. Traditionally, no raisins or other fruits are added. I am able to find cake flour in a box in the baking aisle near the boxed cake mixes. It is also available on Amazon: Swans Down Cake Flour and Organic Whole Cake Flour.
For those who aren’t comfortable working with yeast, this bread is a great one to bake. There are no rising times and creating the dough is similar to making biscuits. I have made this bread in the food processor before, but you have to be careful not to overmix the dough.