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Saint Patricks Day-Part 2

Another staple besides corned beef and cabbage on Saint Patrick’s Day is Irish Soda Bread.  I typically do not make or eat this bread, but again this year I am trying a few new recipes.  Below is a traditional recipe from AllRecipes.com and a healthier version I found on FitSugar from blogger FortheLoveofFiber.com.  Follow the directions below!

Traditional Irish Soda Bread:

Recipe HERE

1/2 Cup White Sugar

4 Cups all-purpose flour

2 TSP baking powder

1 TSP baking soda

3/4 TSP Salt

3 Cups raisins

1 TBSP Caraway Seeds

2 Eggs, lightly beaten

1 1/4 Cups Buttermilk

1 Cup Sour Cream

Preheat oven to 350

Grease a 9 inch round cast iron skillet or a 9 inch round baking/cake pan

In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients (reserving 1 tablespoon flour)

In a small bowl, blend wet ingredients

Stir the liquid mixture into flour mixture just until flour is moistened

Knead dough in bowl about 10 to 12 strokes

Dough will be sticky

Place the dough in the prepared skillet or pan and pat down

Cut a four 3/4 inch deep slit in the top of the bread

Dust with reserved flour

Bake in oven for 65-75 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean

Let bread col on wire rack

Irish Soda Bread (image courtesy AllRecipes.com)

Irish Soda Bread
(image courtesy AllRecipes.com)

Flax and Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread:

Recipe HERE

3 1/4 Cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

1/4 Cup Golden Flax Seed (I used regular flax seeds)

1/4 Cup Palm Sugar (I used 1/4 cup loosely packed brown sugar)

1 TSP Baking Powder

1 TSP Baking Soda

3/4 TSP Kosher Salt

1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter

1 1/3 Cups Buttermilk

1/2 Cup Raisins

Irish Soda Ingredients

Irish Soda Ingredients

Preheat oven to 350

Place raisins in a cup of warm water for about 15 minutes to allow to plump

In large bowl combine dry ingredients

Cut in butter until it resembles a course meal (how-to video HERE)

Add buttermilk and plumped raisins mixing until moistened (I also added a bit of the water for extra moisture since the mixture will not be as wet as typical bread)



Shape into ball

On floured surface knead 10 times

Shape into round loaf

Put in a greased and floured pie dish, and cut a cross in top of loaf

Irish Soda Bread ready to be baked

Irish Soda Bread ready to be baked

Bake for 1 hour, or until cake tester comes out clean

Baked Irish Soda Bread

Baked Irish Soda Bread

Cool on rack

Slice to serve

Slices of Irish Soda Bread

Slices of Irish Soda Bread

Even though I do not really have any Irish Soda Bread to compare this bread to, it was delicious!  I can’t imagine how good it will taste in a day or two.  I may get crazy and top my Guinness Onion Soup with cubed Irish Soda Bread instead of the Ezekiel bread I used.

Stay hungry…


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