|One of Anam Cara's Hideaway Nooks|
This soda bread is a gem from Sue’s vast culinary repertoire, one she obtained from the Boluisce Seafood Restaurant in Spiddal, Galway, in 1997. I’ve made it often, and always to rave reviews. With Sue's blessing, I’m happy to share my Americanized version.
ANAM CARA’S IRISH BROWN SODA BREAD
4½ cups whole wheat flour 3 tsps. baking soda
2½ cups bran 4½ cups buttermilk
½ cup brown sugar Sunflower and/or pumpkin seeds
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl, distributing baking soda evenly. Make a well in the center and gradually add buttermilk. Bind thoroughly. Turn batter into three greased loaf pans. May (and in my humble opinion, should) be topped with raw sunflower, pumpkin, or poppy seeds, or a mixture of seeds to taste. Press seeds into batter before baking. Bake at 400° until done, about 45 minutes. Freezes well.