This five grain soda bread recipe is fast, easy, and good for you. What more could one ask?
Trivia:Allegedly, when the Irish began making soda bread back in the 1840's, they carved a cross on the top to ward off the devil.
Irish Soda Bread Recipe
1 cup flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup rye flour
3/4 cup graham flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil or margarine
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
1 3/4 cup buttermilk
Using a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients together. Cut in the margarine or mix in the oil. Add the raisins, if you plan to use this dried fruit. Finally, add the buttermilk, stirring until you have a soft dough.
Flour a kneading surface. Place the dough on your floured surface and knead until smooth. This does not take long.
Place your dough on the baking sheet. With the palms of your hands, push it down to flatten. Form a circle that is about 2 1/2" thick. Cut the large cross on top (even if you are not concerned about warding off the devil! :-))
Bake in oven until done. This takes about an hour.
I am particularly fond of soda bread, and this five grain recipe is a good one. Enjoy.