Grant Jantzen

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Irish Brown Bread (brown soda bread)

One of my favorite things about going to Ireland, is sitting in a darkened pub, listening to live trad music and ordering soup with fresh baked brown bread.  When the flavors combine with a creamy, Irish butter, there’s just nothing like it.  Whenever I make it here at home, the smell and taste takes me back to our honeymoon, spent on the west coast of Ireland.  If you’ve never been to Ireland, I highly recommend it.  But even if you never make it there, you can still have a little taste of the Emerald Isle right in your own home.  Just follow these easy steps and serve with a creamy vegetable soup — potato leek anyone?  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Irish Brown Soda Bread

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (Bob’s Red Mill has a wonderful, organic, 100% stone ground option)

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 2/3 cups buttermilk

2 tbsp butter, melted

Directions

Combine flour, baking soda, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir with a whisk.  Add buttermilk and melted butter. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.  Add more buttermilk if needed, to make a soft dough.  Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface.  Knead gently for 1 minute.  Shape into a ball.  Place on a greased baking pan.  Pat into an 8-inch circle.  With a sharp knife, cut a 1/2-inch deep cross into the top of the dough.

Bake in a preheated 375° oven for 30-35 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes.  Serve hot or at room temperature. Delicious with Kerrygold butter!

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