Brown Soda (Wheaten) Bread
Unlike in yeast-raised bread, the reaction of soda and buttermilk is swift, so
speed and light hands are essential for success. (To make white soda bread,
use all plain white flour.).
• 4 cups (450 grams) wholemeal wheat flour
• 1½ cups (175 grams) plain white flour
• 1 rounded tsp. baking soda
• 1 tsp. salt
• About 2 cups (450 ml) buttermilk
1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). 2. Mix flours, soda and salt in large bowl. 3. Add sufficient buttermilk to make a soft dough. 4. Flour
your hands. Knead mixture briefly and lightly until dough is smooth. Shape into a circle about 1½ inches (4 cm) deep. Using a sharp,
floured knife, cut a deep cross on the top. 5. Place on a baking tray and bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Test that it is cooked by tapping
bottom of bread; it should sound hollow. 6. Cool on a wire rack. Eat the same day.