Alice Waters’ Soda Bread

April 11th, 2008 by Paige Leave a reply »

I’ve been seeing this bread pop up on various food blogs over the past few weeks, and wanted to give it a try. To make it my own, I’ve subbed in a bit of whole wheat flour, which gives the bread a deeper, nuttier flavour.

2 3/4 cups white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups buttermilk

In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients.
Starting with just 1 1/2 cups, mix in the buttermilk. Add more as needed, without letting the dough get too sticky.
Knead the bread lightly until it forms a smooth(ish) ball.
Lightly grease a baking sheet, toss on the dough, flatten it out to about 2 inches high and cut a deep cross in the top with a sharp knife.
Bake for 15 minutes at 450°F, then turn the oven down to 400°F and bake the bread for another 20-30 minutes. It’s done when you tap the bottom of the loaf and it sounds hollow.

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