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Fruited Irish Soda Bread

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Fruited Irish Soda Bread
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 16
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Looking for a quick to bake bread idea? Then check out this fruited Irish soda bread loaf recipe which is baked in just an hour!

Ingredients

2
cups all-purpose flour
1/2
cup whole wheat flour
3
tablespoons brown sugar
1
teaspoon baking powder
1
teaspoon baking soda
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon cinnamon
1/4
cup margarine or butter
1 1/4
cups buttermilk*
1
cup dried fruit bits
1/4
cup candied orange peel, finely chopped

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. In large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; mix well. With fork or pastry blender, cut in margarine until crumbly. Add buttermilk, fruit bits and orange peel; blend well.
  • 2 On well-floured surface, knead dough gently 1 to 2 minutes or until no longer sticky. Form dough into ball; place on greased cookie sheet. With sharp knife, cut an "X" 1/4 inch deep on top of loaf.
  • 3 Bake at 375°F. for 40 to 45 minutes or until bread is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm or cool.
Tips  

* To substitute for buttermilk, use 4 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice plus milk to make 1 1/4 cups.

Personalize the character of this recipe by using your favorite type of dried fruit. Raisins and currants are traditional with soda bread; the candied fruit mixtures typically used for holiday fruit cakes work well, too. For a bit of exotic flair, try chopped dried papaya, mango, pineapple or star-fruit. Look for tropical dried fruits in large supermarkets, produce shops or health food stores.

Add 1 teaspoon caraway seed to the dough.

For a softer crust, brush the top of the warm loaf with melted butter.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Slice
Calories
140
(
Calories from Fat
25
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
5%
(
Saturated Fat
1g
5%
)
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
200mg
8%
(
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
)
Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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