Rye Soda Bread
- 1 1/2 cups sprouted rye flour
- 2 1/2 cups sprouted white wheat flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 cups whole organic buttermilk, divided
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees (for one hour).
- Whisk together flours, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.
- Gather mixture into a mound; create a deep well in center.
- Pour 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk into well.
- Gradually stir flour mixture into buttermilk with a wooden spoon, starting in center and working outward, until a dough forms.
- Add additional buttermilk, one tablespoon at a time if dough is dry.
- Continue adding buttermilk until you have a pliable dough, not too sticky, but not dry.
- Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface and, with lightly floured hands, form a cohesive ball.
- Be careful not to overwork the dough.
- Pat ball into a 7-inch wide domed round or 10" long loaf shape and transfer to a baking sheet.
- Across top of shaped dough, cut a 1-inch deep X (round) or 3 slashes (loaf) with a floured knife.
- Poke holes at 1-inch intervals to bottom of dough with a floured wooden skewer.
- Bake bread 30 minutes.
- Turn bread upside down; continue baking until cooked through and loaf sounds hollow when tapped on bottom, about 10 minutes more.
- Transfer loaf to a wire rack and let cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing and serving.
- Bread can be made 2 days ahead and stored, whole, at room temperature, in a paper bag or wrapped in parchment.
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