Irish Whole-Wheat Soda Bread

 

This bread goes together quickly and is similar to a biscuit, but in a different shape. It is excellent to serve on St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 

3
cups whole-wheat flour
1
cup all-purpose flour
1
tablespoon salt
1
level teaspoon baking soda
3/4
teaspoon double-acting baking powder
1 1/2 to 2
cups buttermilk

 

 

Combine the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly to distribute the soda and baking powder, and then add enough buttermilk to make a soft dough, similar in quality to biscuit dough, but firm enough to hold its shape.  Knead on a lightly floured board for 2 or 3 minutes, until quite smooth and velvety.  Form into a round loaf and place in a well-buttered 8-inch cake pan or on a well-buttered cookie sheet.  Cut a cross on the top of the loaf with a very sharp, floured knife.  Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the loaf is nicely browned and sounds hollow when rapped with the knuckles.  Let the loaf cool before slicing very thin. 

 

For white soda bread, use 4 cups all-purpose flour, same amounts of salt and baking powder and 3/4 teaspoon baking soda.  All other ingredients and instructions are the same.