I just finished reading a book my daughter got me for Christmas, called An Irish Country Doctor
by Patrick Taylor. It was good reading and at the end were a few recipes from Ulster, Northern Ireland. That is where my daughter lives and I have visited quite a few times there and just love the wonderful Wheaten Bread they have. So when I saw the recipe in the book, I got busy and made a loaf! Here is a slice with butter melting on it, just fresh from the oven!
This is how the whole loaf looks. It turned out very good, but still not as good as that I've eaten in Norther Ireland. It may be that our whole wheat flour is milled differently. Or maybe this recipe is not the best----I don't know. Don't get me wrong, though. This bread is delicious. It is thick textured and chewy. But there is something different about it and the bread in Ireland. For one thing, it is darker--I wonder if the bread I ate there might have had a little white flour in it too. I will do some research.
Anyway, here is the recipe. It is quick and easy, so you may want to try it and see what you think!
10 oz. whole wheat flour
1 Tbs. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp salt
14 oz. buttermilk
Mix dry ingredients very thoroughly. Then add buttermilk to make a thick paste---not too dry.
Turn it into a well greased and floured medium loaf pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes and
then for 40 minutes at 350. If top starts getting too brown, cover loosely with foil or parchment paper. Happy Baking!