Irish Brown Soda Bread
Why This Recipe Works
Our take on Irish brown soda bread combines a high proportion of whole-wheat flour with extra wheat germ and bran to produce a rustic loaf with nutty flavor and an appropriately coarse crumb. We balanced the strong wheat flavor with white flour and a touch of sugar. The addition of baking powder (a complete leavening system) guaranteed a nicely risen loaf, while baking soda was more valuable for the characteristic mineral-y tang that it lends to soda breads. Acidic buttermilk also contributed welcome flavor. Finally, to produce a loaf with pleasing stature, we baked the soft dough in a cake pan rather than free-form.