Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Brown Soda Bread

St. Patrick's Day Recipes, Irish Soda Bread

I’m a little tardy to the party, but I decided to make a last-minute contribution to the flood of St. Patrick’s Day recipes I’m seeing all over the blogosphere.  Irish food isn’t at the top of my “favorite international cuisines” list.  Corned beef is the exception (I *love* corned beef), but as some of you likely know, it actually falls in the category of Jewish, not Irish, cuisine.  Yet not much beats fresh bread, right?  I still have buttermilk and white whole wheat flour on hand from last weekend’s 100% Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins, so I thought to whip up a whole-wheat Irish soda bread.

St. Patrick's Day Recipes, Irish Soda Bread

This was pretty good, especially for a “healthy” bread recipe – it’s made almost completely of whole grains, is low-fat, and has a good amount of fiber per serving.  It’s also incredibly quick to make, and would be nice to make if you ever feel like having fresh bread with dinner.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

St. Patrick's Day Recipes, Irish Soda Bread

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Brown Soda Bread

Recipe by Cooking Light

Prep time: 10 minutes; total time: 75 minutes

Makes 12 servings


Cooking spray
11 1/4 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 2 1/2 cups)
2 1/4 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup steel-cut oats (such as McCann’s)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon wheat germ
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups low-fat buttermilk
1 large egg, lightly beaten

1.  Preheat oven to 325°.

2.  Coat a 9 x 5–inch loaf pan with cooking spray.  Line the pan with parchment paper, and coat with cooking spray.

3.  Weigh or lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife.  Combine flours and next 6 ingredients, through salt. Combine buttermilk and egg in a separate bowl, then add to flour mixture.  Stir just until combined (do not overmix!).

4.  Spoon the mixture into prepared pan. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Invert the bread onto a wire rack; cool completely before cutting (trust me, it will taste better!). Remove parchment from the bottom, and slice bread into 12 slices.

Per serving

Calories: 160
Fat: 1.8 g
Fiber: 4 g

8 thoughts on “Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Brown Soda Bread

  1. I love that you made such a healthy bread for the holiday. It looks like it came out really moist and delicious. Some of the soda breads I’ve seen seem to be on the dry side.

  2. looks great! i whipped up a tad bit simpler loaf, but really enjoyed it. i should try out a few recipes and have a favorite next year 😉 really no reason to only make it for st. patty’s day!

  3. Yum and yum. I love the sound and look of this soda bread. it has more ingredients than I’d usually use for soda bread, though I’m looking forward to trying this. With some creamy butter and marmalade, and a cup of tea!!! all will be well. Lovely recipe! FFX

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