Neil’s Brown Soda Bread (as given to me by Mary in Limerick)

700mls Buttermilk

1 3/4 c Cracked wheat flour (or Old fashioned Oats,  raw spelt flour, or raw Rye flour) (Raw meaning cracked but not white and fluffy flour)

2 3/4 c regular Flour (for Oat bread: blend oats to as fine a dust as you can, for spelt or rye do the same)

handfuls of pumpkin seeds, ground linseed (Flaxseed), hemp hearts, or whatever you want)

2 tsp Salt

2 tsp fresh baking soda (if you can’t remember when you bought it, it may be too old to rise the bread)

fistful of oatbran or wheat bran

Mix all the dry ingredients together than make sure your oven is at temperature (200C), be sure you have prepped your 2lb loaf pan by lining with parchment paper. Once all is ready, pour in your buttermilk. It will begin the chemical process mixing with the baking soda immediately so you need not be neat in this process. Just be sure its all mixed in and plunk it into the pan(s for 1 lb loaf pans). put in oven for 40 mins. Check done-ness by inserting a toothpick into the center and coming out clean. lift out of tins by the parchment paper.

Cool in cookie racks before removing the paper. Enjoy slathered in Irish Butter and strawberry jam (or whatever you like…I like nutella!)