Are my irish roots showing yet? I've got my irish pride out today, that much is true. I love it when St. Patrick's Day rolls around. It isn't just special for that reason alone. Oh, no. No, no, no! It's also my red-haired, smart aleck of a father's birthday! Happy early birthday, Daddy!
Now, of course I'm not saying this is traditional Irish Soda Bread. I've never been to Ireland, so I couldn't say either way. But, I do know that this is a healthified version of a couple whole-wheat recipes I've pieced together. "It's alive! Muahahahaha!"
Even being a bit irish, the first time that I ever had Irish Soda Bread was when I made it myself! Of course, my mother had her skeptic hat on; "Bread... with raisins... at dinner?" Why not?! She loved it.
You don't have to eat it at dinner. It's lovely for breakfast... and lunch too!
Healthified Irish Soda Bread
Servings: 16 • Size: 1 Slice • Calories: 115 • Fat: 1 g • Carb: 25 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 4 g • Sugar: 6 g • Sodium: 274 mg
1 1/2 C. All-purpose Flour
1 1/2 C. Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
4 Tsp. Sugar
1 Tsp. Salt
1 1/5 C. Fat Free Buttermilk
3/4 C. Raisins
3-4 Seconds of Cooking Spray
Note: I didn't have buttermilk on hand, I never do. So I added 1 1/2 tbsp. distilled white vinegar to the fat free milk and let it sit for 5 minutes or so to let it 'curdle'.Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet, or line it with parchment paper.
Whisk together the flours, baking soda, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Pour buttermilk and raisins in and milk until well combined and there is not more visible flour. Shape the dough into a ball and place on the baking sheet. Flatten out into a circle about 2 inches thick. Using a sharp knife, cut 2-3 slashes across the top of the loaf in an 'X' shape.
Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven to turn the pan around for even baking, also give a good 3-4 second spray of cooking spray over the top of the loaf and place back into the oven for another 15 minutes or so until a toothpick tester comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.