Irish Soda Bread
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbs. sugar
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
4 Tbs. butter (room temperature)
1 1/4 cups buttermilk (room temperature)
- Mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Using your finger tips, work the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
- Beat the egg and buttermilk in a separate bowl, and gradually add to the flour mixture. Mix with a spoon at first, and then by hand or mixer when the dough becomes stiff.
- On a lightly floured work surface, work the dough to thoroughly blend all the ingredients. Do not knead. Sprinkle with flour if the dough should stick.
- Shape into a round ball and pat the top down slightly, and place on a greased or non-stick baking sheet. Cut a 1/2-inch (1 cm) deep cross in the top using a sharp knife or razor blade.
- Bake in 400F (200C) oven for about 45 minutes, or until it has browned and the cuts have expanded.
- Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack before slicing. Makes 1 loaf.