In this week's We Cook Books recipe we travel to the green meadows of Ireland through a traditional Irish Brown Bread Recipe from The Irish Cookbook.
Soda Bread is one of the most recognized Irish recipes in the world. It is the bread people in Ireland are most familiar with.
Canola oil, for greasing
800 g (5 3/4 cups) strong brown (whole-wheat) bread flour
200 g (1 1/2 cups) strong white bread flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
20 g (4 teaspoons) sea salt
3 handfuls of (about 1 1/2 cups) mixed seeds (such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and linseeds/flaxseed)
200 g (2/3 cup) treacle (molasses)
850 g (3 1/2 cup) buttermilk
200 g (scant 1 cup) stout
59 g (1/3 cup) pinhead (steel-cut) oats, for the topping