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Irish Soda Bread

Makes: 16 servings
Serving size: 1 slice Yield: 1 loaf
Prep 30 mins Bake 325°F1 hr
Irish Soda Bread
  •  Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3  cups  white unbleached bread flour or all-purpose flour
  • 5  tablespoons  granulated sugar
  • 1  tablespoon  Ener-G baking soda
  • 1  tablespoon  Featherweight baking powder
  • 1  large egg
  • 2  cups  lowfat buttermilk (with less than 130 mg sodium per 1 cup)*
  • 1/4  cup  unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2  cup  dried currants
  • 1/2  cup  seedless golden raisins, not packed
  • 1  tablespoon  caraway seeds

1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Lightly coat a 5x9-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray, then dust lightly with flour; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the 3 cups flour, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder. make a well in the center of the flour mixture; set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the egg; add buttermilk and melted butter. Stir in currants, raisins, and caraway seed. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened.

3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough by folding and gently pressing dough for 10 to 12 strokes or until dough is nearly smooth. Transfer dough to the prepared loaf pan.

4. Bake on middle oven rack about 1 hour or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. Can store covered on the countertop or in the refrigerator.

From the Test Kitchen*
  • Choose Knudsen's or other lowfat, lowest-sodium buttermilk in your local store or use Bob's Red Mill Buttermilk Powder obtainable at bobsredmill.com (888/685-5988).
Nutrition Facts (Irish Soda Bread)
  • Servings Per Recipe 16,
  • cal. (kcal) 172,
  • Fat, total (g) 4,
  • chol. (mg) 22,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 31,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 1,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 12,
  • pro. (g) 4,
  • vit. A (IU) 97,
  • vit. C (mg) 1,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 2,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 48,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 39,
  • Potassium (mg) 160,
  • calcium (mg) 434,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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