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Swope Soda Bread

The first time I had soda bread was from my an Irish friend years ago.  Her mother had sent a loaf to work and I was able to try soda bread.  It was not what I was expecting and did not suit my fancy.  It is a more dense bread because it is similar to a quick bread but with a strong taste of baking soda.

My Grandma called to say she had tried a new recipe and was bringing me down a loaf of soda bread.  I can never tell my Grandma no and was willing to give soda bread another try.  It looked similar to a wheat bread and Grandma suggested to toast it.

It was a wonderful surprise.  Mr.Picky and the kids both loved it as toast with a bit of jam.  This recipe was off the back of the Bob’s Red Mill package of whole wheat (which Grandma had clipped out for me to keep).  This soda bread is a great mixture of a wheat bread and a soda bread without the baking soda being overwhelming.  The buttermilk lightened the bread and gave it a delectable texture.

Swope Soda Bread:Swope Soda Bread

Yields 2 Loaves

  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 quart buttermilk (4 cups)
  • 4 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Prepare two bread pans by lightly greasing them.

In a large mixing bowl combine wheat flour, AP flour, sugar, and salt.

In a separate bowl combine baking soda and buttermilk.

Divide batter into prepared pans and smooth the tops of the loaves.

Turn oven down to 350 degrees and bake about 50 minutes.

Turn out loaves and cool on wire rack.

Add buttermilk mixture to the dry mixture and mix until just combined.

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Nothing to do but take care of my family and cook.

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