Irish Brown Bread mixes stone ground whole wheat and white flour with buttermilk to create a tasty treat. Perfect with creamery butter and fruit jam.
Irish Brown Bread

Irish Brown Bread No. 1
 
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Recipe type: Baked Goods
Cuisine: Irish
Serves: 1 loaf
Ingredients
  • 4 Cups stone ground whole wheat flour
  • 2 Cups white flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 Cups buttermilk or sweet milk
Instructions
  1. Mix the whole wheat flour thoroughly with the white flour, salt, and soda. Make a well in the center and gradually mix in the liquid.
  2. Stir with a wooden spoon. You may need less, or more liquid - it depends on the absorbent quality of the flour. The dough should be soft but manageable.
  3. Knead the dough into a ball in the mixing bowl with your floured hands. Put on a lightly floured baking sheet and with the palm of your hand flatten out in a circle 1 1/2 inches thick.
  4. With a knife dipped in flour, make a cross through the center of the bread so that it will easily break into quarters when it is baked.
  5. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes, reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake a further 15 minutes.
  6. If the crust seems too hard, wrap the baked bread in a damp tea cloth. Leave the loaf standing upright until it is cool. The bread should not be cut until it has set - about 6 hours after it comes out of the oven.
Notes
From "The Art of Irish Cooking" by Monica Sheridan

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