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treacle bread (brown soda bread)

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Sue Stone
Corning, CA

Posted for Culinary Quest - Ireland

(1 rating)
yield 6 to 8
prep time 30 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For treacle bread (brown soda bread)

  • 2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 c
    whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground ginger
  • 1-1/4 c
    buttermilk, plus additional as needed
  • 3 Tbsp
    dark molasses (preferably blackstrap)

How To Make treacle bread (brown soda bread)

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • 2
    Combine all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, salt and ginger in a large bowl; mix well.
  • 3
    In a small bowl, combine buttermilk and molasses; mix well. Stir buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture. Add additional buttermilk by tablespoonfuls if needed to make dry, rough dough. Transfer dough to floured surface; knead 8 to 10 times or just until smooth (do not overknead). Shape dough into a round loaf about 1-1/2" thick. Transfer to prepared baking sheet.
  • 4
    Use floured knife to cut halfway through dough, scoring into quarters (called "farls" in Ireland). Sprinkle top of dough with additional flour, if desired.
  • 5
    Bake about 35 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm. Note: Bread can be sliced or pulled apart into farls.

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