Sunday, March 17, 2013

Low fat Irish Soda Bread recipe #GardenCuizine #StPatricksDay

Irish Soda Bread
Enjoy soda bread throughout the year - no need to wait for the feast of St. Patrick. True Irish soda bread is low fat and does not use oil, butter, sugar, eggs, yeast or added fruits in the recipe. Of course, you can add whatever you desire to your soda bread version. I added whole grain flour and a teaspoon of poppy seeds to this simple recipe. And, since we don't always have buttermilk on hand, I used Greek yogurt and low fat milk instead. You can use 2 cups buttermilk instead of the yogurt and low-fat milk if you have it. 

Irish Soda bread does not require kneading and is more like a quick bread. The texture has a moist crumb and is not as light as breads made with oil, butter, yeast and eggs. 

Yields: 1 loaf (21 slices)

3 cups (375g) unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup (120g) white whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons (7g) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon (3g) salt

1 teaspoon (3g) poppy seeds (optional)
1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
1/2 cup low fat milk

Putting it all together
  • Prepare a baking sheet with a sprinkling of semolina flour and set aside.
  • Combine the yogurt with milk, stir; it does not have to become lump free. Set aside.
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  • mix in the liquid ingredients (I used a Kitchenaide mixer, but you could do it by hand)
  • Shape the dough into a round disc about 2-inches high. If the dough sticks to your hands, wet your hands to make it easier.  
  • Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet. Score the top with a cross using a serrated knife.
  • Bake 425° F for 25 minutes until golden brown; reduce heat for the remaining 15-20 minute cooking time. Sometimes I lay a piece of foil loosely over top if the bread seems like it is getting too brown.  
  • Tap on the bread and when it sounds hollow - it's done.
  • Serve warm topped with your favorite jam, or see the below link for a tasty serving suggestion.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

GardenCuizine Irish Soda Bread Nutrition Data calculated by Diana Wind, RD based on USDA Nutrient Data Reference 
Good Source: Manganese, Thiamin, Selenium
Serving size per slice (49g): calories 103; total fat 1g; saturated fat 0; trans fat 0; sodium 159 mg (7% DV); dietary fiber 1g; total carbohydrate 20g; protein 4g; Thiamin 0.2mg (12% DV); Riboflavin 0.1mg (9% DV); Niacin 1.4mg (7% DV); Folate 38mcg (9% DV); Manganese 0.3mg 17% DV); (Selenium 11mcg (16% DV) 
Percent Daily Values (%DV) are for adults or children aged 4 or older, and are based on a 2,000 calorie reference diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your individual needs.
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Irish Soda Bread idea top with handmade ricotta, herbs, honey and sliced kumquats!
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