For the month of September, Meredith from the Poco Loco Olsons challenged us to experiment with soda bread.
I chose to make the traditional Irish Country Bread recipe provided for the challenge. This recipe was very simple, and the resulting crusty bread went nicely with soup.
Irish Country Bread
2 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 cups whole wheat flour
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1. Preheat oven to 450 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the flours, baking soda, and salt.
3. Create a well in the flour mixture, and pour in buttermilk.
4. Mix dough well, until flour is fully incorporated.
5. Place dough on lined baking sheet and pat into a 1-inch thick circle.
6. Use fingertips to create dimples on top of dough.
7. Bake at 450 F for 30 minutes, then reduce heat to 400 F. Remove baking sheet from under dough, so parchment paper is directly on the oven rack. Continue baking at 400 F for about 10 more minutes, until golden brown.
8. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
-Posted by Jennifer
-Adapted from original recipe at http://www.thedaringkitchen.com/recipe/irish-soda-bread