While we don’t tout the bread baking skillz of some of our previous team members (here’s looking at you Calantha!), we still dabble in the art now and again. A�This simple soda loaf will make a master of even the most humble bread baker.
“I got this recipe from the mother of a friend on mine living in Shannon, County Clare. I had fallenA�in loveA�with the simple brown bread and butter folks ate in every town I visited. While I stillA�remember her telling me I’d have to make it at least 2 dozen times before I could ‘feel’ it was right, I’ve taken someA�libertiesA�to make it uniquely mine. In the years since she taught me to make this bread, I’ve made it at least that manyA�times… and finally, feel comfortable enough to switch things up!”
Recipe: Irish Brown Soda Bread
Once you get the hang of this super simple bread, feel free to mix it up! A�Change the flour types, add some dried fruit or roll the finished rounds in seeds even. A�I like to bake mine in a cast iron skillet for extra crunch, but a standard baking sheet + parchment combo works wonders too.
- 2 cups Arva whole wheat flour
- 1 cup rye flour
- 1/2 cup Ontario wheat bran
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups Ontario buttermilkOptional: chopped sunflower seeds, dried currants, poppy seeds, sesame seeds
- Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Add buttermilk all at once and stir together with *clean* hands. Do not over mix!
- Once dough comes together, shape into rounds.
- Make two perpendicular cuts in top with sharp knife or kitchen shears. Traditionally, this lets the fairies out, but it also helps the bread to cook through.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped. If it isn�t ready after this time, turn it upside down on the baking sheet and bake for a few minutes more.
- Eat very fresh. This bread doesn’t keep, but it’s so simple I make it while my soup is simmering!
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 35 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 1
About Taste Tested
From the farm to the table, it�s easy to be inspired by Ontario�s endless parade of edibles. WithA�?Taste Tested?, OCTA�s staff are sharing their freshest finds and dishing outA�their favourites of the season. A�Come discover what�s on our table � literally!