March 17, 2010

Humpastry Day - Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread
In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, I thought I'd try out some Irish Soda Bread.  I have to admit that I have never had Irish Soda Bread, so I'm not sure if this is truly Soda bread, but I will say that it is really yummy! It's not too sweet, is moist on the inside, and has the perfect crunchy shell on the outside.  I found several recipes on allrecipes.com (love that site!) and tweaked them to make the bread a little healthier.  I hope you like it!

Ingredients:
Makes 1 loaf in a 9" pan
 *  3C whole wheat pastry flour
*  1Tbl. baking powder
*  1/3C raw sugar
*  1tsp. salt
*  1tsp. baking soda
*  1C raisins
*  1 flax egg (1Tbl. flax w/ 3Tbl. water)
*  2C buttermilk (Note:  If you do not have buttermilk, all you have to do is add 1tsp. apple cider vinegar per cup of milk.  So, I mixed together 2C soymilk w/ 2tsp. vinegar and let it sit for a couple of minutes.  Viola..you have buttermilk!)
*  1/4C coconut oil (or butter if you prefer)

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9" loaf pan.
2.  Mix dry ingredients together from flour to raisins.
3.  Blend the flax egg and the buttermilk together, then add to the dry ingredients.
4.  Stir in the coconut oil until just combined.
5.  Pour batter into the loaf pan and bake it in the oven for ~60min.  Note: make sure you check the bread before the time runs out.  I took mine out after 60min, and probably could have taken it out sooner.
6.  Put it on a cooling rack to cool.  Once cool, serve, and enjoy with butter or your favorite topping!
Don't you love the green plate?  I thought it was a nice touch.  Ha ha! :)

Have a great day!

7 comments:

Christi said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Heidi Austin said...

yum yum looks delicious! can't wait to try :) thanx for sharing!

Julie said...

Hi Aimee,
There have been a few other bloggers who mentioned soda bread today as well!! They did not give me a recipe though:) Thank you...I will have to try this healthy version out! Happy St. Patty's Day:)

Jon said...

YUM!!! Happy St. Patty's Day!

DRog said...

I enjoyed reading your Goals that you posted at the beginning of the year. Unreal HIM time last year that is fantastic.Great goals for this year... I'm freaked about doing the HIM this summer....I am also going to email a swim coach next week. - D

Regina said...

Mmmmmmm!! I can't keep up with you. All these yummy recipes and so little time!

Caratunk Girl said...

YUM! Oh man, I am loving your recipies!