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Monday, February 7, 2011

Bread Week #2: Irish Spelt Bread

This was the Dessert Club winner! So simple, yet comforting and delicious.

Dessert Club member JB says:
"We fell in love with Irish soda bread during a trip to Ireland. This is a basic Irish soda bread recipe from the B&B where we stayed; my husband has tweaked it over time with our weird flours. Below is the recipe of the loaf I brought to Dessert Club. However, you can play with the flour ratios (2 cups total flour for one loaf). We usually go heavier on the spelt and rye flours, but it makes a denser bread with stronger flavor that takes some getting use to. You can also make it with all white flour, which is yummy if you throw in a little turbinado sugar, cranberries and cinnamon. You can do other add-ins as well, such as rosemary and Grana Padano cheese."Irish Spelt Bread (print recipe)
1/4 cup spelt flour
1/4 cup rye flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cup bread flour
1 teaspoon coarse ground salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup buttermilk (the 'secret' ingredient; not all buttermilks are created equal)

Sift dry ingredients. Slowly incorporate buttermilk. Knead into a dough. Form loaf. Slash the top of the loaf. Bake at 375 degrees for approx 40 minutes.

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