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Food and Recipe Brown Irish Soda Bread

Discussion in 'Lifestyle & Healthy Living' started by Yours, Mar 31, 2016.

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    Here’s what you’ll need:
    250g brown wholemeal flour
    250g plain flour
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    350-400ml buttermilk (note below on how to make your own buttermilk!)

    1. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
    2. Make a well in the centre and pour in the buttermilk.
    3. Form your hand into a ‘claw’ shape and starting from the centre of the mixture, rotate and stir it all together until it’s just holding together, the mixture should feel a bit wet and sloppier than other doughs and should only take a few seconds to combine.
    4. Turn onto a floured surface and with flour dusted hands form together into a circle, you don’t want to knead it as you’ll end up with tough bread, just shape it into a circle, again this whole process is quite quick.
    5. Cut a deep cross shape into the bread and bake in a preheated oven for 35-40 minutes 200°C.
    6. You’ll know it’s done when you knock on the bottom of the bread and it sounds hollow - if not, turn it upside down and cook for a further 5 minutes.
    7. Cool completely on a wire rack covered in a clean tea towel.
    8. Serve! (with real Irish butter if you can!).

    NOTE: A quick and easy way to make buttermilk yourself at home is to stir 2-3 tbsp of white vinegar or lemon juice into 350ml of regular milk and leave it for 5-15 minutes!

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