Irish Soda Bread –

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Irish Soda Bread

275 g Irish whole wheat flour (2 cups)
6 g salt (1 tsp)
5 g baking soda (1 tsp)
30 g honey (2 Tbs)
235 g buttermilk (1 cup)
1 egg

Use a standard paddle, not a bread hook, or mix by hand in a bowl. Mix up the dry stuff, then add in the wet stuff. Stir it up until reasonably well combined and just wet. This is a pretty wet and loose batter, more like a mush than a bread batter.

Bake in a well-buttered 1-quart casserole dish. Bake about 30 minutes in a 375°F oven. Treat it like a cake and use a toothpick to test for done When the toothpick comes out clean it is done.

Cool completely before slicing. Serve well buttered. Also does well with honey-butter.

You can get a rather decent Irish whole wheat from the King Arthur Flour website. If you don’t have Irish you can also use any decent whole wheat bread grade flour.

This is not the 100% genuine stuff, since there is no way to get real Irish buttermilk in this country, but this does come pretty close to the real thing. I realize that this is a rather small amount, but the temptation to make large batches should be avoided. This doesn’t keep or freeze particularly well.

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