Irish Brown Soda Bread with Cranberries & Walnuts

Irish Brown Soda Bread

The first Wednesday of the month this semester has been a day of nonstop meetings at the seminary. By the time I get home, my brain is fried!! Since I love to cook and it doesn’t require the brain power that my paid work does, I find that I can de-stress through cooking. I already had leftover turkey noodle soup so I decided to make a loaf of this bread to go with it.

I first had this bread (sans the cranberries & walnuts) at the Milestone Inn in Ireland on vacation. This is one of the breakfast specialties of the co-owner, Michael. I adapted his recipe by adding the dried cranberries and walnut. I really like the sweetness that the cranberries add and the crunch and flavor of the walnuts! An additional plus for soda bread is that it can be whipped up and baked in a very short time since there is no rise time like you have with yeast breads. This is comfort food at its best and was great with the leftover soup!

1 C. buttermilk
7/8 C. of white flour (4 oz. if you have a scale)
7/8 C. of whole wheat flour (4 oz. if you have a scale)
1/4 C. sweetened, dried cranberries
1/4 C. coarsely chopped walnuts
1 large handful of wheat bran
1 large handful of quick oats
1 t. sugar
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Measure all the dry ingredients into a medium mixing bowl and mix well with your hands by lifting the ingredients together to add air to the mixture.
3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk. Gently mix the dry ingredients into the buttermilk by scooping under the dry ingredients and lifting it into the buttermilk. The dough will be very sticky and moist. Do not over mix!!
4. Sprinkle a little whole wheat flour onto a baking sheet and gather the wet dough into a ball and flatten it into a two inch thick circle and sprinkle with a little oats.
5. Place on the middle rack of the oven and bake for about 35 minutes. If you tap the bottom of the loaf, it should sound a bit hollow.
6. Cool on a wire rack. Slice and serve with butter and jam.

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One Response to “Irish Brown Soda Bread with Cranberries & Walnuts”
  1. Beth says:

    This bread looks delicious, will make it when I have company that can eat bread!!!!

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