Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Irish soda bread
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    60 mins
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Irish soda bread requires only a few simple ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. Throw in a cup of raisins if you like, and some orange zest, too. Traditional Irish soda bread is made without these, however, as it was made as a daily bread to accompany meals. Enjoy the original version warm with a little low-fat spread with some tea, or as an accompaniment to a lean beef stew.

What You'll Need

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat ​buttermilk

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir dry ingredients together with a whisk.
  3. Make a well in the center and add 1 cup of the buttermilk, reserving 1/2 cup.
  4. Combine dry ingredients and buttermilk with a fork, gradually adding more of the remaining liquid until a soft dough is formed.
  5. Knead the dough lightly on a floured surface for 1 minute. Form into a slightly flattened circle.
  6. Place on a parchment lined (or silicone baking mat) cookie sheet. Mark a large 1/2-inch deep X with a sharp knife and bake soda bread for 40 to 45 minutes.
  1. The bread is ready when it is golden and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

​​Per Serving: Calories 148, Calories from Fat 6, Total Fat 0.7g (sat 0.4g), Cholesterol 1 mg, Sodium 582mg, Carbohydrate 30.5g, Fiber 1g, Protein 5g