Irish Soda Bread with Raisins

Irish Soda Bread with Raisins

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From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2018

In this healthy whole-wheat Irish soda bread recipe, the addition of fruit and caraway seeds is often referred to as ''spotted dog,'' but you can omit them if you prefer a more traditional Irish soda bread. Baked in a skillet, this crowd-pleasing bread is delicious eaten warm with a pat of butter.

Ingredients 12 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4½ cups white whole-wheat flour
  • ½ cup currants
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2¼ cups buttermilk


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  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Warm a 9-inch cast-iron skillet in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and add butter, swirling to coat the bottom and sides.
  3. Combine flour, currants, raisins, caraway seeds, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Gradually add buttermilk, stirring just until the flour is fully incorporated. Do not overmix. The dough should be sticky and a little shaggy.
  4. Transfer the dough to the prepared pan, using a spatula to spread it evenly. It's OK if it doesn't reach all the way to the sides. Use a sharp knife to score a deep X in the top of the loaf.
  5. Bake until cooked through and golden brown, about 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing.
  • Equipment: 9-inch cast-iron skillet

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: one 2-inch-thick slice
  • Per serving: 214 calories; 1 g fat(1 g sat); 5 g fiber; 45 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 3 mcg folate; 4 mg cholesterol; 10 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 57 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 66 mg calcium; 6 mg iron; 354 mg sodium; 235 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Iron (33% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, ½ fruit

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