Peter Ward, founder of the Country Choice grocery in County Tipperary, devised this recipe for his son Jeff, who missed homebaked bread while a student at University College Dublin. As Peter recounted to us, Jeeff had no experience and few utensils in his student-housing kitchen, but "I knew that every Irish student has a pint glass, which he's brought home from a pub, so I invented a recipe for the simplest bread in the world, one whose ingredients he could measure out with a pint glass." If you use the same to measure the ingredients, note that the vessel in question is a 20-ounce imperial pint glass.
- 1 pint glass (2½ cups) all-purpose flour
- 1 pint glass (2½ cups) stone-ground whole wheat flour
- Enough baking soda to coat the bottom of a pint glass (¾ tsp.)
- Enough salt to coat the bottom of a pint glass (¾ tsp.)
- Enough butter to coat the bottom of a pint glass (1 tbsp.)
- 3⁄4 pint glass (1¾ cups) buttermilk