aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,


Deanne likes to use a Bread Machine, since her RA makes kneading dough too painful. I always complain that Bread Machines make loaves with crust you need a saw with a masonry blade to cut through. I suggested to her that soda bread would be even easier than messing with a Bread Machine. She replied that she didn't have any luck making soda bread; that was my specialty. Besides, she was avoiding using white flour in order to get more fiber and protein in her diet.

So this afternoon, I took her favorite ingredients and made a loaf of soda bread. It was awesome. Delicious. Hearty. Here's the recipe before I forget it.

Arthur's Hearty Soda Bread

3 cups whole wheat flour
1/3 cup bran
1/3 cup flaxseed meal
1/3 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp soda
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp sesame seeds
1 1/2 cup milk

Mix dry ingredients, stir in milk to make a light dough, form into a round, flat loaf (add more whole wheat flour if it's too wet) on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 35 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool on rack; cool completely before cutting.

(You can also bake it in a greased loaf pan if sandwich-style slices is your goal. I just like round loaves, because they're easier to bake in a Dutch oven. On a campfire. Like God intended.)

Of course, the ultimate test is to make it again. Might tweak the recipe a little, too. But I have proof of concept! It was dense and grainy, but still bread-like enough for a good sandwich. This bread is crying out for ham and brown mustard!

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