Irish Brown Bread

Ingredients

2 cups whole-wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for kneading
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
2 teaspoons salt
2-3 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 cups well-shaken buttermilk

Instructions

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400F. Butter a 9- by 2-inch round cake pan.

Whisk together flours, wheat germ, salt, sugar, baking soda, and cream of tartar in a large bowl until combined well. Blend in butter with a pastry blender or your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Make a well in center and add buttermilk, stirring until a dough forms. Gently knead on a floured surface, adding just enough more flour to keep dough from sticking, until smooth, about 3 minutes.

Transfer dough to cake pan and flatten to fill pan. With a sharp knife, cut an X (1/2 inch deep) across top of dough (5 inches long). Bake until loaf is lightly browned and sounds hollow when bottom is tapped, 30 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack 10 minutes, then turn out onto rack and cool, right side up, about 1 hour.

Notes: Makes 1 (9-inch) round loaf.

Bread can be served the day it is made, but it slices more easily if kept, wrapped in plastic wrap, at room temperature 1 day.

Leftover bread keeps, wrapped in plastic wrap, at room temperature 4 days.

I used my Kitchenaid to put this together, using the whip to cut in the butter, then switching to the dough hook when adding the buttermilk. A little easier (its pretty easy as it is) and faster to clean up.

Course: Bread
Cuisine: Irish
Uploaded by: Kelly Fowler
Added on: 2007-03-17 14:37:57