“A cabin with plenty of food is better than a hungry castle.”
I present to you today yet another one of those recipes that I think could have a better name. It simply doesn’t evoke the sort of emotions you feel when taking your first bite of this delectable quick bread. Soda to me always conjures the taste of salt… or bubbles. This bread is neither. It is tender yet hearty and perfectly delicious, super quick and easy… like seriously quick as in less than 60 minutes from start to finish. You do have to let it cool for a bit however before slicing into it or it’ll wind up gummy… no!
It’s always a concern when you label something either from a particular country or specific cuisine. You just KNOW that someone is going to tell you that you’re wrong that it is NOT in fact (insert cuisine style here) and true to form I got called out for this one a few weeks ago when I first posted an image of it on Instagram.
An old Irish friend has already corrected me by saying “THEY” would call this Wheaten… ok fine… wheaten, certainly an improvement over soda. Maybe they have the same misgivings about the word soda.
Regardless of what it’s called, I strongly urge you to make it. It’s delicious! Make your people happy!
Menu Suggestion: It’s pretty clear that it would work well with anything that has a bit of sauce to soak up like maybe Shrimp with Tomatoes & Feta or the frequently requested 7 Spice Chicken but there is nothing nicer than a thick slice slathered with butter and honey!
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 cups AP flour
- 1 TBSP Baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 1¼ cup buttermilk + more for brushing
- Preheat oven to 400° (with cast iron pan with
lid if using)
- Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl
- Add butter and buttermilk mixing with hands until just combined
- DO NOT OVERMIX
- Turn out onto a length of parchment and GENTLY form into a round
- Score deeply with a sharp knife
- Brush top with buttermilk
- Bake 20 minutes lid on and a further 20 with lid off (40 straight through if cooking on a baking sheet)
- Allow to cool for 30 minutes
- Serve with butter!
I served it recently with 7 spice chicken