Mummy’s Brown Soda Bread

Happy St. Patty’s Day!  Scoring a deep cross into the surface of the dough is called “blessing the bread.” Because the bread uses baking soda as a leavener, it requires minimal kneading and no rising, so you can bake it just before supper and serve it warm.  Recipe makes 12 servings (1 loaf).

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk

What you’ll do:

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Lightly spoon the flours into the measuring cups and level with a knife.
  • Combine the flours, baking soda and salt in a large bowl; stir with a whisk.
  • Make a well (a hole) in the middle of the dry ingredients.
  • Add the buttermilk and stir until blended (the dough will be sticky).
  • Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly 4 or 5 times.
  • Shape the dough into an 8-inch round loaf.
  • Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  • Cut a 1/4-inch deep “X” into the top of the dough.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Reduce the temperature to 400 degrees.
  • Bake 15 more minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.

Recipe and image from Cooking Light.

So what are you waiting for…Get dinner on the table!

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