If you have buttermilk on hand, you can replace the milk and apple cider vinegar with 1 cup buttermilk. As for “scoring” the bread, this creates an intentional weak spot that helps control the direction in which the loaf expands. Serve a slice warm out of the oven, or if cooled, toast before serving. It is unrivaled when warm, with it’s crusty shell.
Love soda bread so much it’s become a weekly treat? Keep a boxed mix in your pantry for convenience and cravings.