The thought of baking bread can be a daunting task for some (me included!) but this is a simple and hearty recipe that has been used for generations in Ireland. Some call it Brown Soda Bread as it uses darker flour than the traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe. There are no caraway seeds or currants in this version either.
This particular recipe is from my cousin Brigid and is a childhood favorite of mine! While there are just a few ingredients, this bread has loads of flavor. It may seem very simple but be assured that this is a recipe you will use again and again, as is. Sweetness mixed with fresh butter…you will thank me!
8 ounces white flour
8 ounces wheat flour
10 ounces buttermilk
1 TSP salt
1 TSP baking soda
1-2 TBs cooking oil (not olive oil)
Optional TB of butter
Heat the oven to 400 degrees and gather the ingredients.
Sift the flour together with the salt and baking soda. (Note: Her recipe calls for both flours but I used all white whole wheat as it is healthier than white flour. King Arthur Flour has a great version.)
Add the wet ingredients and mix well by hand until it forms a ball. The mixture will be sticky but there isn’t a need to butter the pan – use a bit of flour instead. This can be baked in a round ball on a baking sheet or put into a medium (9×12) loaf pan. If you choose to bake in a traditional round form, mark with a criss cross on top, to allow to bake evenly, before placing in the oven. Bake for 40 minutes only.
Allow to cool in the pan for about ten minutes and slice. Enjoy with fresh Irish butter and a bowl of creamy vegetable soup. Or perhaps with a cup of afternoon tea. You’ll swear you’re sitting in front of the fire on a cozy day in the beautiful country of Ireland. Sláinte!
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