A hearty, homey whole wheat soda bread perfect for everyday.
Course: Baked Goods, bread
Keywords:: bread, irish, irish soda bread, soda bread
2cupswhole wheat flour
2tablespoonspacked brown sugar, light or dark
3/4cup golden raisins
Preheat the oven to 425°F and lightly grease a loaf pan.
In a small mixing bowl, pour warm water over the raisins. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes while you mix the dough, then drain well. PRO TIP: Dried fruit will always seek rehydration, so better to soften them with warm water than have them pull moisture from the dough as it bakes and make the bread taste dry.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, salt, flax meal, oats, millet, and brown sugar. Stir well with a whisk to combine the ingredients and aerate them.
In another bowl, whisk together the egg and buttermilk.
Create a well in the center of the dry goods bowl. Add the raisins, millet, egg, and buttermilk mixture to the center. Using your fingers, draw the flour into the center and mix the dough together. Be sure to get the flour on the sides and bottom and mix it well, but do not overmix. The dough should look mostly sticky and combined, but shaggy and in clumps.
Sprinkle a little flour on your hands and the top of the dough, then turn the dough out into the loaf pan. Lightly press the dough until it is even in the loaf pan. Brush the top with a little buttermilk.PRO TIP: Hand sticky and full of dough? The best way to remove it is to put a generous amount of flour on your hands and rub them together. Then wash.
Bake for 10 minutes at 425°F, then lower the temperature to 400°F and bake for an additional 25 to 30 minutes, until the bottom sounds very hollow when tapped, and the loaf is nicely browned. Let cool a bit before eating.
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