Breads and Muffins


Best Irish Soda Bread


  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg (higher omega-3 if available)
  • 2 cups low fat buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons light pancake syrup or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cups currants (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Coat a 9x5-inch loaf pan with canola cooking spray.
  2. Add flours, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda to large mixing bowl and beat on low to blend well.
  3. Add egg, buttermilk, pancake syrup, and canola oil to an 8-cup measure (or medium-sized bowl) and whisk to blend well. Stir in currants if desired.
  4. Add buttermilk mixture all at once to the flour mixture in mixing bowl and beat on low just until moistened. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of bread comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

Makes 12 servings

Nutritional Information:
per serving: 168 calories, 5.5 g protein, 29 g carbohydrate, 3.5 g fat, 0.6 g saturated fat, 1.6 g monounsaturated fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 19 mg cholesterol, 2.3 g fiber, 370 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 18 percent.

© 2007 WebMD Inc. © 2006 Elaine Magee

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