I needed a good hearty bread to go along with beef stew a few days ago and had thought I'd make an Irish Brown Soda Bread, but when I went to bake I realized I only had about 1 cup of whole wheat flour and figured I'd try something else instead since I love my soda bread to use all whole wheat! I'd never heard of "Swope Bread" but as I did a search through the All Recipe's archives of many, many bread recipes it caught my eye and I clicked on it. It looked simple and the reviews were good so I thought I'd give it a try! I had to use what I had, so I only used about 1 cup whole wheat flour and 2 cups AP flour but other than that followed directions.
This was very easy to throw together, just a few simple ingredients and this loaf only lasted about 2 days in our house because everyone loved it! It was wonderful with the stew and fantastic with some butter, honey butter and/or jam (blackberry, of course) as well! Versatile, hearty and very delicious. It reminded me again how easy homemade bread can be and just how YUMMY it is as well! I am sure we will use this one often.
You know, I tried to search "what is swope bread" and came up empty - I didn't dig TOO deeply but I thought maybe there would be an explanation for the name since it's rather unusual! I did find lots of other blogs and recipes for pretty much the exact same thing and everyone seems in agreement that this is a wonderful, easy, hearty, slightly sweet bread that the whole family will enjoy! :)
(I had to taste test... you know... just because...)
Recipe from All Recipes.
1 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white sugar or Stevia
1 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, stir together AP flour, whole wheat flour, sugar or Stevia and salt. In a separate bowl, dissolve baking soda in buttermilk. Stir buttermilk into flour mixture. Beat well. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 45-60 minutes.