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Irish Soda BreadHappy St. Patricks Day

Happy Healthy Holidays!

This delicious version of Irish Soda Bread is seasoned with dill, tarragon and thyme. Low fat buttermilk makes it extra tender.

Recipe Ingredients

4 cups plus 1 tablespoon bread flour
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 cups low fat buttermilk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon water

Irish Soda Bread

Recipe Directions

Flour a clean, dry surface with the remaining tablespoon flour. Transfer the dough ball to the floured surface and knead with the heels of your hands until smooth. Form the dough into a round loaf. Pinch a small handful of dough and gently twist, being careful not to tear the dough from the loaf. Place the loaf, pinched side down, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Whisk the egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water, then lightly brush the mixture over the top of the loaf. Score the loaf by cutting a 1/4-inch deep X into the top. Bake the loaf in the preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes. The bread is done if a hollow sound is heard when the bottom is tapped with your finger. Allow the bread to cool to room temperature before slicing.

Recipe Notes

The dough must be kneaded vigorously by hand; this should take about 2 minutes. Pinching and twisting the loaf to form a base will give the finished bread a tighter and taller shape. This procedure is not necessary; however, the finished loaf will be much flatter if the base is not pinched and twisted as suggested. Rather than using dried herbs, if fresh herbs are not available, use an equivalent amount of chopped spinach.

Recipe Variations

Raisin Soda Bread:  1/3 cup raisins, instead of herbs

Caraway Seed Soda Bread:  2 tablespoons Caraway seeds, in place of herbs

Did you know?

If your soda bread contains raisins, technically it's not "soda" bread. It would be called "Spotted Dog" or "Railway Cake" instead. If your soda bread contains raisins, eggs, baking powder, sugar or shortening, it's a "cake", not a "bread."

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