Saturday, February 02, 2013

Irish Soda Bread

This is a basic recipe for Irish soda bread. It is a dense and soft bread, perfect for toasting! Actually I've never tasted any similar bread so this is a nice addition to my bread recipe list.
Oh, and it doesn't really look like Irish soda bread because I baked it in a loaf pan in order to have a shape suitable for toasting.

187g/1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
120g/1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
270ml/1 cup plus 2 tbsp buttermilk

1) Preheat the oven to 190°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2) In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add the buttermilk and mix just until a soft dough forms.

3) Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 1 minute to blend the ingredients more thoroughly. Form into a ball and flatten slightly. Dust with a little bit of flour and slash an "X" in the top with the tip of a sharp knife. Allow the dough to rest for 15 minutes.

4) Bake for 40 minutes, or until golden brown and crusty. Cool slightly on wire rack.

Makes 1 loaf.

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