in honor of st. patrick's day this week, here is my recipe for irish soda bread. it is great and it makes 2 terrific loaves.
4 cups whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced, plus additional for the baking sheet
2 large eggs
1 ½ cups buttermilk
1. preheat oven to 400. lightly butter an 11 X 17” baking sheet.
2. in a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. work in the butter with a pastry cutter until the mix resembles coarse crumbs.
3. break the eggs into a measuring cup and whisk with a fork. add the buttermilk to the eggs; to reach 2 cups of liquid. pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and stir until completely incorporated.
4. turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface, sprinkle with a little flour and knead with your hands for 3 minutes.
5. divide the dough into 3 equal parts and form each part into a ball. using a small, sharp knife, cut an X across the top of each ball and transfer the balls to the prepared baking sheet.
6. bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.