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.