Quick ‘n Easy Irish Soda Bread

A traditional Irish breakfast “fry up” includes eggs, rashers (Irish bacon), bangers (sausages), grilled tomatoes, and brown bread with Irish butter and marmalade. It’s also traditional to include black and white breakfast puddings. (in case you’re wondering, black pudding is a type of sausage made of pig’s blood mixed with oats, salt, onions and spices. White pudding is a variety made without the blood, but using minced liver instead.)

Now that’s a heavy breakfast plate! But you can make a modified version and still enjoy the spirit of Ireland. Try this instead: scrambled eggs, grilled tomato halves, and a slice of Irish soda bread or brown bread with marmalade or honey.

Makes 1 large loaf (6-8 servings)

  • 2 cups light rye flour (or whole-wheat flour)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • Oatmeal

Combine the flours, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Mix the egg with the buttermilk and stir into the dry ingredients just to blend. Dust the countertop with oatmeal flakes.  Turn out dough onto flakes and knead about 10 times to cover with oatmeal and form a round ball. Place on cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Cut a cross lightly on top of loaf and bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

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Nutrition Information

Quick ‘n Easy Irish Soda Bread

Servings per Recipe: 7

Amount per Serving

Calories:  300

Calories from Fat:  

Total Fat:  2g

Saturated Fat:  0.5g

Cholesterol:  35mg

Sodium:  750mg

Carbohydrates:  59g

Protein:  10g

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