Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread
Soda bread is (according to Wikipedia) “a variety of quick bread traditionally made in a variety of cuisines in which sodium bicarbonate (otherwise known as baking soda) is used as a raising agent rather than the more common yeast. The ingredients of traditional soda bread are flour, bread soda, salt, and buttermilk. The buttermilk in the dough contains lactic acid, which reacts with the baking soda to form tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide. Other ingredients can be added such as raisins, egg or various nuts.”
My soda bread is very basic. No nuts or fruit. If you’re looking for a fruity soda bread check out Greg and Katherine’s Irish soda bread post.
- 4 cups of whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 4 tablespoons of sugar or honey
- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter (softened) *plus 2 tablespoons for the top of the bread*
- 1 & 1/4 cups of buttermilk *plus 2 tablespoons for the top of the bread*
- 1 egg
Pre-heat Oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl or mixer combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar or honey and butter. Add egg and buttermilk. If the dough is crumbly still add more buttermilk a tablespoon at a time until the dough isn’t crumbly.
Remove the dough from the mixer or bowl and place it on a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough gently. Form the dough into a round shape.
Place the dough on a greased cookie sheet. *Combine the 2 tablespoons of butter and buttermilk* brush the top of the bread with the butter/buttermilk combination.
Make an X across the top of the loaf.
Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
Serve with homemade herb butter or butter and jam.
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