Monday, 1 September 2008

Irish Brown Soda Bread

Yeilds: 2 loaves

3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 Tsp baking soda
4 Tsp brown sugar mixed (use more for a sweeter bread) with 1 Tbsp water
2 1/4 cups buttermilk

Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat to 325F. Place both flours, the baking powder, baking soda and brown sugar in a large bowl and mix very well. Add the buttermilk and stir until a soft dough is formed. Knead the dough in the bowl, then empty onto a wood board or counter and knead a bit longer. If the dough seems wet, use extra whole wheat flour. Knead until dough comes together.

Divide the dough into two portions and shape each into a round loaf. Press down just to flatten a bit. Place the loaves on an ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle some additional flour on top of each loaf. Using a sharp knife, make a cross on the top of each. Allow to rest for 10 minutes, covered with a cloth, then bake for 40 minutes or until the loaves are golden brown. Allow to cool then serve with butter and jam. Best Blogger Tips

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