Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread


This is a more complicated Irish soda bread.  It still goes together quickly and is a favorite for St. Patrick’s Day!



cups unbleached all-purpose flour
cups whole wheat flour
cup brown sugar
tablespoon baking powder
teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4
teaspoon salt  
large eggs
1 3/4
cups buttermilk
tablespoons melted butter
tablespoon poppy seeds or sesame seeds



Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a baking sheet.


In a large bowl, stir together the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter.  Using a fork, briskly stir the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients until the dough holds together in a rough mass.  On a floured surface knead the dough for 1 minute, sprinkling lightly with additional flour to prevent sticking.  Shape the dough into a ball.  On the prepared baking sheet, pat the dough out into a 6-inch round.  With a very sharp knife, slash a large X 1/4-inch deep across the top.  Sprinkle the poppy or sesame seeds over the top.  Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 55 minutes, or until golden brown and crusty.

Cool completely before slicing.


Makes 1 loaf.