Traditional Irish Soda Bread
For a little sweeter bread, add 1/2 to 1 cup raisins and 2 tablespoons of additional sugar.
INGREDIENTS | SERVES 10–12
- 4 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 4 tablespoons trans-fat-free margarine, softened
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
- Nonstick cooking spray
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda mix well to blend.
Add softened margarine and stir to incorporate the margarine into the flour mixture.
Form a well in the flour mixture; add egg and buttermilk. Stir well to form dough.
Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray, and place dough in a mound on the baking sheet, forming into a rounded loaf shape.
Cut a large “X” in the top of the loaf with a sharp knife. Bake 45 minutes, or until golden brown.
A Delicious Tradition in Ireland
Irish soda bread is quite the tradition in Ireland. Popular selections include breads with caraway seeds, some with raisins, some with both, some with neither. One of the essential ingredients is buttermilk. The acid in the buttermilk reacts with the baking soda to provide the leavening (rising) of this quick bread. Soda bread tends to dry out quickly, so bake it and eat it in the same day.