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dzime Feb 25, 2009 02:15 PM

does anyone know where I can buy (in SF) real irish whole meal flour to make authentic tasting soda bread? I went by the place I last bought it in West Portal but the store was closed.

  1. wolfe Feb 25, 2009 02:45 PM

    Have you tried John Campbell's?

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    John Campbell's Irish Bakery
    5625 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

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      dzime Feb 25, 2009 05:17 PM

      yeh unfortunately they didn't have any of the stuff I needed for soda bread.
      another friend told me to check out the Roxie Market on 9th and Kirkham.
      thanks

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        wolfe Feb 25, 2009 06:27 PM

        If all else fails there appears to be a mix.

        "If you'd simply like a quick soda bread fix, Sticky Fingers Bakeries offers a just-add-water mix that results in crumbly bread with lots of caraway and buttermilk flavor. Sticky Fingers Irish Soda Bread mix is $6 at www.stickyfingersbakeries.com and at some Cost Plus locations."

        http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

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          crazybaker Mar 15, 2009 03:53 PM

          Traditional Irish soda bread only contains wholemeal flour, buttermilk, baking soda and salt. When you start adding other ingredients like caraway, butter and eggs, its not traditional anymore. Real wholemeal flour can be purchased through foodireland.com . I have also purched Irish-Style wholemeal flour from the King Arthur Flour website.

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          citygalsf Feb 25, 2009 06:52 PM

          If you can't find it easily in SF, you can order some, or contact King Arthur to ask who carries their product in the Bay Area:

          http://www.kingarthurflour.com/items/...

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            dzime Feb 26, 2009 08:52 AM

            thanks that really looks like the real thing!

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        adamshoe Feb 25, 2009 07:07 PM

        hey dzime, what IS irish whole meal flour? Wheat? Rye? Whole wheat? Is there some equivalent here in the U.S.? I've always used used AP flour to make soda bread; am I missing out on something wonderful? Thanks... adam

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          MacGuffin Sep 17, 2010 12:18 PM

          Odlums mills various grades of wholemeal flour from Irish-grown wheat. Given that Ireland's climate isn't suitable for growing hard, high-protein wheat, their home-grown stuff is softer with less gluten. If you don't want to deal with trying to find Irish flour or King Arthur, you can substitute whole-wheat and white pastry flours (most brown bread recipes use a 3 - 1 ratio of wholemeal to white flour) and achieve pretty similar results. I know for sure that Bob's Red Mill has whole wheat pastry flour; check health food stores.
          Soda bread isn't quite right with our own all-purpose flour. Soda and sour milk do a much better job of raising low-protein flours.

        2. wolfe Feb 26, 2009 02:20 AM

          See about soft Sonora wheat.
          King Arthur Irish-Style Wholemeal Flour -
          A coarsely ground, soft red whole wheat flour
          http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

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            dzime Feb 26, 2009 08:51 AM

            Hi Adam, well Irish whole meal flour is a mixture of super coarse to very finely ground wheat flour, as far as I know. There could even be a small amount of ground oats in the mix. It's used to make the not-sweet Irish soda bread that everyone in Ireland is familar with.
            Regular whole wheat flour mixed with white flour just dosen't create the same bread.

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              citygalsf Feb 28, 2009 03:47 PM

              Here's another good source for more info on authentic soda bread and Irish flour:

              http://www.sodabread.info/Recipes/sod...

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