Adapted from The Tasty Cheapskate
Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day! This bread is delicious – especially warmed with a little butter on top! As soon as I saw this on Jean’s blog, I knew I had to try it for Secret Recipe Club this month! The Tasty Cheapskate is a unique blog where Jean really tries to cut down on the expenses of grocery shopping for her family of 6! Although eating at home is much cheaper than eating out, her site really made me look at my own grocery bill a little more closely!
When I was studying to become a Registered Dietitian, we had to create healthy meals for a family of 4 under $3 I believe, and that was certainly a challenge! Looking through Jean’s blog brought me back to my college days! It’s interesting to see how you can change your habits and become more thrifty by just calculating how much food costs in each recipe.
Luckily, all of the ingredients in this recipe are found in most kitchens already! If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, remember to sub 1 cup of milk + 1 Tablespoon of vinegar for each cup of buttermilk. In this recipe, you’d use 2 cups of regular milk + 2 Tablespoons of white vinegar in place of the 2 cups of buttermilk!
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups buttermilk
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking soda.
2. Stir in buttermilk.
Mix as well as possible with a spoon and then knead the dough with your hands as much as possible. It should not be so wet that it can’t form itself into a ball. If it is, add another 1/4 cup flour.
3. Pat into 1 round and place on a greased baking sheet. Use a sharp serrated knife to slice a cross deeply into the top of the bread, about 1-inch deep.
Bake ~ 45 minutes or until the loaf is firm on top and when you tap the bottom, feels hollow. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for about one hour before serving. Makes 12 slices.
Taste Test: I was a little concerned at first because the outside of the bread looks very dry and a little crumbly. But I cut into the bread and the inside was moist and soft – perfectly delicious and just like the bread in Ireland! I want to book a trip to go back there!
Easy to make, simple ingredients and perfect to pair with your Irish dinner!