This heavy bread is a staple on the Irish table at mealtimes, loved for its dense texture and hearty flavour. The recipe doesn’t use any yeast, so it can be made in a heartbeat!
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 tbsp. butter, melted
Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C.
Mix both flours, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add buttermilk and melted butter. Mix and knead dough with hands until dough holds together, about 1 minute.
Lightly flour counter and turn out dough. Knead until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Shape loaf and cut an X into the top of the loaf with a sharp knife.
Place loaf on a floured baking sheet and bake in the middle of the oven. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the bread sounds hollow when tapped. Transfer bread to wire rack and let cool completely before slicing.