Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Delicious Irish Soda Bread

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The first St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the United States date back to parades in the mid-1700s and to this day the tradition continues. Today, four-leaf clovers, wearing green, tales of Leprechauns, and of course, serving Irish foods to friends and family, are all iconic of a cheerful stateside St. Patrick’s Day celebration. One of the most popular Irish foods for St. Patrick’s Day festivities is Irish Soda Bread.

Irish Soda Bread is a dense quick bread that uses baking soda for leavening, rather than yeast, making it a quick and easy recipe to bake at home. Various recipes for soda bread are popular throughout Ireland, but American versions of Irish Soda Bread traditionally include California raisins, which add a scrumptious sweetness and also help to keep the soda bread moist. Raisins are naturally fat- and cholesterol-free and contain potassium, fiber and iron – all important to help keep up strength for St. Patrick’s Day merriment! Below is our guilt-free, yet indulgently delicious, Irish Soda Bread recipe made with the natural goodness of whole grains and raisins.

Irish Soda Bread

Yield: 12 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 50 to 55 minutes
Nutrition Facts: 190 Calories, 4g Fat, 3g Fiber

– 1 1/2 cups wheat flour
– 1 1/2 cups flour
– 1/3 cup sugar
– 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
– 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1 cup buttermilk
– 1/4 cup melted heart healthy spread
– 1 egg
– 1 cup California Raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Stir in buttermilk, butter and egg until well mixed; stir in California Raisins. Knead several times on a lightly floured board then shape into a ball. Place on prepared baking sheet and flatten slightly. Cut a small x in the top and bake for 50 to 55 minutes or until a sharp knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

See also Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

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