***** BROWN SODA BREAD *****
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Place a heavy covered casserole in the oven and preheat it to 375 degree.
Blend together the flours, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Beat the buttermilk with the egg until it is well incorporated. Stir in the melted butter. Work the wet ingredients into the dry ones until they are just mixed.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead lightly for a minute adding more wholewheat flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking. Shape the dough into a cushion and center it on a sheet of parchment. Remove the casserole from the oven and lower the dough in with the aid of the paper. Slash the top with dough with a 1/2" deep cross and generously mist with water. Cover the casserole, return to the oven and bake for 40 minutes.
Let the Brown Bread cool on a rack. Slice thin and serve warm or toasted with butter.
***** VARIATION: BROWN SODA BREAD WITH DRIED FRUITS *****
Fold 3/4 cup or more dried fruits and raisins, mixed before adding the wet ingredients.