Back to reality.
Pardon me, dear readers, but I’ve been away. I was in Scotland and England for a couple of weeks and came back to work. I’m back now. I’m back AND I have quite a few recipes stockpiled to share with you. With any luck, they’ll be coming fast and furious over the next few days.
Today, in honour of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d share a very good wheaten bread recipe. I found it online, while I was searching for soda and wheaten breads that contained no currants or raisins or fillings really. I LOVE a good soda farl, but soda farl this is not. This recipe for brown soda bread is really good and outrageously easy!!
Start by preheating your oven to 425F. Then, begin sifting together 1 & 3/4 cups of both whole wheat flour and all purpose flour with 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of baking soda. Add two tbsp of softened unsalted butter. Using your fingertips, rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it starts to resemble breadcrumbs. Make a well in the middle of your dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 & 2/3 cups of buttermilk and an egg. Pour your mixture into your dry ingredients and, using one hand, combine your ingredients. Your dough should be wet, but definitely not sticky. If you require more liquids, add a little buttermilk.
Taking your dough out of the bowl, continue kneading it on a floured surface. Bring it into a round shape that is about 1.5″ thick. Cut a cross into your would be loaf.
Bake at 425F for 15 minutes. Then, turn your oven down to 400F and continue to bake for an additional 30 minutes.
Tip- to check if your loaf is done, take it out of the oven and turn it upside down. Knock on the bottom of your loaf. It should sound hollow. We don’t want soggy bread.
For an excellent topping, try combining some softened butter with chopped fresh chives and maybe a little smoked salmon and dill. They were unbelievably good.
Hassle level: Like 2 out of 10?! The only annoying thing is how sticky the dough can be and how difficult it is to wash out your bowls afterwards. IT IS DELICIOUS. I MEAN IT.