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Brown Bread

Basic Brown Soda Bread (commonly known as "Brown Bread")

This simple, wholesome bread can be eaten fresh with butter, jam or cheese and is delicious served with a bowl of home-made soup. It slices better if left to cool and "set" for at least 4 hours. This recipe makes 1 large loaf.

  • 1lb / 450g Coarse Wholemeal Flour
  • 6 oz / 175g Plain White Flour
  • 1 rounded teaspoon bread soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¾ pint / 450ml Buttermilk (approx.)

Preheat over to 400 F / 200 C / Gas Mark 6

Mix the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir in enough buttermilk to make a fairly soft dough.

Turn on to a work surface dusted with wholemeal flour and knead lightly until smooth underneath.

Form into a circle, about 1 ½ " / 4cm thick, and put onto a baking sheet. Mark a deep cross in the top with a floured knife, Bake for about 45 minutes, until bread is browned and sounds hollow when tapped on the base. Cool on a wire rack, wrapped in a clean tea/dish towel to keep the crust soft.
(This recipe is taken from "The Best of Irish Breads and Baking" by Georgina Campbell - Wolfhound Press - 1996)

White Soda bread is made in exactly the same way but using only plain flour and a little more buttermilk.
For a variation of this bread, add ½ cup sultanas - this loaf is known as Spotted Dick or Spotted Dog!

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