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!