Monday, July 02, 2007

Irish Whole-Wheat Soda Bread

3 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 level teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
1 1/2 to 2 cups buttermilk

  • Combine dry ingredients and mix thoroughly to distribute the soda and baking powder, then add enough buttermilk to make a soft dough, but firm enough to hold its shape.
  • Knead on a lightly floured board for 2 to 3 minutes, until quite smooth and velvety. Form into a round loaf and place in a well-buttered 8-inch cake pan or cookie sheet. Cut across on the top of the loaf with a very sharp, floured knife.
  • Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until loaf is nicely browned and sounds hollow when rapped with the knuckles. (The cross will have spread open.) Let the loaf cool before slicing. Makes 1 round loaf.

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