Brown Soda Bread

For Christmas I received Darina Allen’s Forgotten Skills of Cooking.  I’ve been working my way through reading this tome, but I have yet to make much out of it.  I decided to try her Brown Soda Bread to accompany Dove Stew.
The bread was very crusty with a soft yet slightly dry inside.  The flavor was very strong and held up well when dipped in a soup.
Beginner’s Brown Soda Bread
Adapted from Forgotten Skills of Cooking

3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 egg, lightly whisked
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp brown sugar
1 2/3 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400.  Coat 9×5 baking pan with oil. 

Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl.  Combine wet ingredients in another bowl.  Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and gradually whisk wet ingredients into dry ingredients.  Pour into the prepared pan.  I chose to top the bread with fleur de sel.

Bake for about 1 hour or until bread is crusty.  Let cool on wire rack.

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