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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Recipe! Clean Eating Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

In my family, we're a little bit gypsy and a lot Irish. We have some other nationalities in us, but I think they lay dormant in fear of those two. We've always laughed about how much we love typical Irish fare, meat and potatoes, butter and's all used with gusto in our house. I cook a lot of Irish food, and I love trying Irish recipes (I need to make Irish Butter, but that's another post), and I love the simple, rustic flavors used in Irish cooking.

One Irish staple that I've not often made but that I will definitely be making more is soda bread. Tiffany at The Gracious Pantry provided a wonderful recipe, which I am going to post here with her permission. The recipe uses whole wheat pastry flour...providing a delicious alternative to the usual white flour version. If you aren't used to making bread, this is a wonderful way to begin! It's easy, simple, and wonderfully wholesome. Eat with butter and honey or dip into the Potato Cheddar Soup for maximum deliciousness.

And most of all...enjoy!

Whole Wheat Soda Bread

3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t sea salt
1 cup low-fat buttermilk (plus a bit more in reserve)

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Put dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined. Make a "well" in the middle and pour buttermilk into it. Combine with a wooden spoon until dough starts to form, then mix with hands.

2. Knead dough until a nice ball is formed. If dough is too dry add 1 T of buttermilk, knead well, and check. Continue until dough is desired consistency. Use your hands to form dough into a round disk that is about 1 1/2 inches thick. Score the top so that the bread will pull easily into quarters when baked.

3. Bake for 25 minutes, then lower oven temperature to 325 and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Keep an eye on it...if it looks too dark, make a tent of foil and cover it loosely. When bread is done baking, you can cut into it immediately or wrap it in a towel for six hours.

For pictures and the original recipe, please visit Clean Eating. Also, you should just visit because it's an awesome resource. Enjoy!!

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