Irish Soda Bread Irish Soda Bread

Author: Canadian Living

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




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
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Irish Soda Bread