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Whole Wheat Irish Soda BreadHappy St. Patricks Day

Happy Healthy Holidays!

For this recipe, you can use an egg and slightly less milk for a different texture, if desired. In addition, you can use water instead of milk or buttermilk, but the loaf will be much more dense done this way.

Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

Recipe Ingredients

3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons white sugar
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Recipe Directions

Preheat oven to 400-degrees.

In a large bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, salt and baking soda. Add whole wheat flour and sugar; stir to combine. In a separate bowl, mix together buttermilk, milk and oil. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; mix just until combined. Divide dough in half and form into two round, flat loaves. Place loaves on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375-degrees and bake for an additional 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Recipe makes two loaves of bread.

Soda Bread: Did You Know?

Shamrock The Dublin Quarterly Journal of Medical Science published in 1850 (p. 182) refers to unscrupulous dealers:

"During the failure of the potato crop, a large quantity of bicarbonate of soda was employed by the poorer classes in the preparation of bread; the article consequently became scarce, owing to the increased demand, and the price rose accordingly."

Just as today, crooked dealers sold substitute chemicals resulting in death to many.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes 16 servings
Serving size: 1 slice
Calories: 144; Protein: 5g; Total Fat: 1g; Sodium: 230mg; Cholesterol: 1mg; Carbohydrates: 28g; Fiber: 3g

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