Irish Brown Bread

Hearty bread, great with stews and soups

Irish Brown Bread
Irish Brown Bread

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

60

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 2

    C all-purpose flour

  • 1

    C whole wheat flour

  • 1

    tsp baking soda

  • 1/2

    tsp salt

  • 1/2

    tsp ginger

  • 1 1/4

    C buttermilk, plus additional if needed

  • 3

    Tbls blackstrap molasses (or dark molasses)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour baking soda, salt and ginger in a large bowl; mix well. Combine buttermilk and molasses in a small bowl, mix well. Stir butter milk mixture in with the flour mixture. Add additional buttermilk by the tablespoonfuls IF needed to make dry rough dough. Transfer the dough to a floured surface; knead 8-10 times or just until smooth. (do not over knead). Shape into a round loaf about 1 1/2 inches thick. Transfer to baking sheet. Use a floured knife to cut halfway through the dough into quarters,(called farls in Ireland). (this "cross" is to bless the bread). Then with a fork, poke each farl once, (this is to let the faeries out). Sprinkle the top of the dough with additional flour if desired. Bake about 35 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove to wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm with Irish butter. NOTE: baking time may vary depending on your oven.

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