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Brown Soda Bread

Russ Myers


A traditional Irish bread.

★★★★★ 2 votes
2 Loafs
20 Min


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3 1/2 C. stone-ground whole wheat flour, preferably Irish or Irish-style
1 1/2 C. unbleached white flour, preferably Irish, or pastry flour, plus more for dusting
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. softened butter, plus more for greasing
1 3/4 to 2 C. buttermilk, at room temperature

How to Make Brown Soda Bread


  • 1Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix wheat flour, white flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Work butter into mixture with your fingers. Form a well in the middle of flour mixture and pour buttermilk into the well. Form your hand into a rigid claw and stir dough slowly but steadily in a spiral motion, starting in the middle and working outwards. Dough should be soft but not too wet or sticky. (Start with 1 3/4 cups buttermilk, gradually adding, if necessary, to achieve the right consistency.) Turn dough out onto a floured board. Flour your hands lightly, then shape dough into a flat rectangle about 2 inches high. Cut dough in half lengthwise with a wet knife, then gently push each half into a lightly greased glass or foil loaf pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the tops of the loaves are nicely browned. Makes 2 loaves.

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About Brown Soda Bread

Course/Dish: Savory Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Irish
Other Tag: Heirloom

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