A loaf of bread takes too long to make — and isn't it fattening, too? So why bother? Irish soda bread says phooey to both these ideas. With baking soda instead of yeast, you can bake a loaf in less than an hour. With buttermilk and whole wheat flour, this dense, moist bread fits very nicely into a healthy diet. Here's a master recipe with two variations — one with honey and fruit and one with cheese and onion.
- Portion size 8 servings
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
In large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, flax seeds, sugar, baking soda and salt.
In small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and oil. Add to dry ingredients all at once; stir with fork until soft dough forms.
On lightly floured surface and with floured hands, press dough into ball; knead lightly 10 times. Place on greased baking sheet; gently pat out dough into 6-inch (15 cm) circle.
Topping: Sprinkle flour over loaf.
With sharp knife, score large X on top of loaf.
Bake in centre of 375ºF (190ºC) oven for about 45 minutes or until golden and tester inserted in centre comes out clean.
Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about
- Sodium 484 mg
- Protein 7 g
- Calories 271.0
- Total fat 9 g
- Cholesterol 2 mg
- Saturated fat 1 g
- Total carbohydrate 42 g
- Iron 16.0
- Folate 9.0
- Calcium 6.0