Irish Soda Bread



Traditional Irish soda bread recipes use soft brown (whole wheat) flour, combined with buttermilk or sour milk and baking soda. This recipe version, sometimes known as “spotted dog,” includes fruit, seeds, butter and eggs. This savory bread has a fine crumb and delicate texture; delicious when spread with lots of sweet butter and marmalade.

Irish Soda Bread
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Enjoy this hearty bread with sweet, fresh butter and marmalade.
Servings
16 slices
Servings
16 slices
Irish Soda Bread
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Enjoy this hearty bread with sweet, fresh butter and marmalade.
Servings
16 slices
Servings
16 slices
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour plus more for shaping
  • 2 tsps. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsps. sugar
  • 3 Tbsps. cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup raisins plumped in hot water
  • 1 egg
  • cups buttermilk
Servings: slices
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Generously butter a cookie pan or 10-inch cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, salt and sugar. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut in the butter until well incorporated. (A food processor works well for this also). Stir in the sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and raisins.
  3. In a 2-cup measuring cup, whisk together the egg and buttermilk. Add to the dry ingredients and stir.
  4. Turn the mixture out onto a well-floured surface and sprinkle the top of the dough with flour.  Using a dough scraper, shape the dough into a 10-inch circle and transfer to the baking pan.
  5. The dough will be very soft, and the loaf will look rustic. Mark the top with a cross-shaped indentation. Bake in the center of the oven until the bread is well browned and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom for 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool on a rack.
  6. To serve, cut into quarters and slice the quarters with a sharp bread knife.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional analysis per serving: 167 calories, 5 grams protein, 24 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams fat, 328 mg. sodium, 2 grams fiber.

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