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Irish Soda Bread

Makes 1 loaf

This recipe calls for baking the bread on an oven stone, using a wooden peel to handle the bread. That method produces the best crust but there are other options: the bread can be baked on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan – lined with parchment paper – or in a skillet prepared with a spritz of cooking spray.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons granulated no-calorie sweetener, such as Splenda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons butter, chilled, cut into 3/8" cubes and frozen 30 minutes
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup raisins or currants
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Method

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. 

2. Place flour, granulated no-calorie sweetener, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a food processor bowl and pulse three or four times to combine.

3. Add the frozen chunks of butter. Pulse repeatedly until the mixture feels like coarse corn meal. 

4. Pour the flour/butter mixture into a roomy mixing bowl. With a wooden spoon, make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add the buttermilk gradually, stirring constantly to combine. 

5. Sir in the raisins and caraway seeds.

6. Turn the dough onto a floured board. Using floured hands, shape dough into a flattened round about 8" in diameter. Sprinkle the dough with the remaining one tablespoon of sugar. Spread corn meal on the peel and transfer the dough to the peel. Slide the dough onto the stone.

7. Bake bread until brown, about 25 - 35 minutes. A tester inserted into center should come out clean, or a thump on the bottom crust with your thumb should produce a hollow sound. 

Cool bread on a rack for 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature, within 24 hours.

Nutritional Estimate: 12 Servings. Per serving: 142  Calories; 25 g Total Carbs; 1 g Dietary Fiber; 7 g Sugars; 3 g Fat; 9 mg Cholesterol; 352 mg Sodium; 3 g Protein. Weight Watchers: 3 points.

 

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