Homemade Brown Soda Bread

by Gavan on March 16, 2008

Yet another food I grew up eating a lot of!

Makes one delicious loaf

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1½ teaspoons baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 450° degrees

Combine the flours, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly. Make a well in the center of mixture. Add buttermilk to flour mixture; mix with your hands until blended (dough will be sticky). Turn dough out onto a generously floured surface. Knead lightly 4 to 5 times. Shape dough into an 8-inch round loaf; place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.

Traditionally Irish soda bread has a cross on the top for either religious purposes or to make quartering the bread easier, depending on which story you’re told as a tot. To do this just score a 1/4″ cross on top of loaf before baking.

Bake at 450° for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 400 and continue to bake for another 15 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.

Easy Peasy! Don’t believe me? Watch how fast I whip up a batch!

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

CherieAmour March 20, 2008 at 7:35 pm

Looks yummy…. what is a good vege dish or soup to eat with soda bread?


Gavan Murphy aka The Healthy Irishman March 21, 2008 at 1:01 pm

It’s great to have with a good veg. soup or I used to have it with fish stew. It’s delicious as is really.

John B. Magee March 14, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Hey I followed his Recieps Made the the Brown Irish Soada Bread & Guinness Beef Stew, what a hit it was with the Family on Sunday. Hope Gavan will come out with a Cook Book.

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