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recipe: irish soda bread

photo by: TheLizardQueen4 C whole wheat flour, stone-ground
2 C all-purpose flour
2 C buttermilk
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 tsp salt

1. Mix the flours, soda and salt in a bowl.

2. Form the mixture into a bowl shape and gradually pour the buttermilk into the center—about a cup to start. Mix ingredients with a wooden spoon or spatula, then by hand as it gets firmer.

3. Knead a bit on a floured counter surface then, on a lightly floured baking sheet, pat down the ball of dough and cut a deep cross on top using a knife dipped in flour—to avoid sticking and pulling the dough—the cross-cut will make it easier to break apart later.

4. Lightly sprinkle the top with flour and bake in a pre-heated oven at 425°F for about 25 minutes, then 350°F for about 15 minutes.

—let it sit on a baking rack until it’s cooled and if the crust seems too hard, wrap the loaf in a clean, damp kitchen towel.
—unless you’ll be eating the whole loaf right away, don’t cut into it until it’s set, which is about 6 hours after it comes out of the oven. This will keep it moist instead of drying out quickly.
—for more soda bread recipes, go to

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Reader Comments (1)

How big was that bread? Looks so delicious. Just perfect as a companion of hot chocolate. :)

March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlake

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