Betty's Brown Bread (Irish Soda Bread)
Betty aka Rose aka Elizabeth aka Gran O'Kelly is my adorable little Irish grandma. She makes the most delicious brown bread my whole family loves and fights over. It makes an appearance at every holiday and family function. She "taught" everyone in our family (who asked) how to make this delicious masterpiece. Now I put "taught" in quotes because if any of you have ever been taught how to make something by your grandma you know you watch her bake and try and write everything down. She doesn't have recipes or measurements it just "throw some of this in" and "just a dash of this" and "stir it till it looks like this".
This bread is so easy to make, it is perfect with a nice cup of tea (or coffee). I recommend smothering it in butter and jam. Perfect as an after dinner snack or breakfast.
Please enjoy a bit of my Irish heritage! Let me know what you think in the comments below!
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup self raising flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
Approx. 2 cups of buttermilk
1. Preheat oven to 375F.
2. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt) and mix together. If you want to do it the Irish way you must use a large wooden spoon.
3. Add in the buttermilk one cup at a time. Stir after each cup. If the dough still seems dry add more buttermilk one splash at a time. This is a very forgiving dough so no worries you can always correct yourself.
4. Grease a round 8inch pan with butter and flour the pan. I like to grease the pan then throw a handful of flour in the middle then tap the edges of the pan on the sink until the flour covers the whole pan. This is how my grandma taught me :)
5. On a wooden cutting board or your kitchen counter sprinkle flour. I like to use the cutting board its easier to clean afterwards.
6. Flour your hands so the dough doesn't stick. Place the dough onto the flour and form it into a ball. I like to knead the dough a few times covering the whole ball in flour. If you find the dough to dry add more buttermilk. If you find the dough to wet keep adding flour.
7. place the dough ball in the middle of the pan. It wont spread out to the edges which is fine as it will expand while cooking. I like to cut an X in the top (cause that's what my grandma does) and it makes it easy to cut.
8. Bake at 375F for 40 minutes.
9. After 40 minutes the bread should be done. The trick my grandma taught me is to flip the pan upside down and knock on the bottom of the bread. If it sounds hollow the bread is perfect.
10. Place it on a cooling rack to cool for 10 minutes.
I recommend serving with butter and jam (strawberry is my favourite). Don't forget your cup of tea to really feel Irish!