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Irish Whole-Grain Soda Bread (Lacto)

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Category: Low Fat

 Ingredients List

  • 3 c Whole wheat flour,
  • Preferably stone ground
  • 1 c All-purpose flour, plus
  • Extra for working dough
  • 1 1/2 ts Salt
  • 1 1/2 ts Baking soda
  • 1 c Old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 c Buttermilk
  • 2 tb Dark molasses or black
  • Treacle


This version, flavored with old-fashioned rolled oats and dark molasses, is
similar to the soda bread served at Ballymaloe House in County Cork,
Ireland. Bake the bread early in the day and reheat it just before the
guests arrive.

Thoroughly combine ww and all-purpose flours, baking soda and salt in large
bowl. Stir in oats and make well in center.

Combine buttermilk and molasses in separate bowl. Pour mixture into flour
well and gradually work into flour with fingers or spoon.

Knead dough lightly 3 or 4 times on floured surface and divide in half.
Shape into 2 round loaves, each about 5-inch in diameter. With sharp knife,
score loaves with cross slash, cutting 1 inch deep.

Place loaves on ungreased baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees 15 minutes,
then reduce heat and continue to bake 25 to 30 minutes longer or until
loaves are brown on top and sound hollow when tapped on bottom. Cool at
least 5 minutes on cooling rack. Loaves can be baked several hours ahead
and reheated in low oven. Cut into thick or thin wedges. Serve warm or at
room tempature.

Makes 2 loaves, 8 servings each. Each serving contains: 140 calories; 257
mg sodium; 1 mg cholesterol; 1 gram fat; 28 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams
protein; 0.55 grams fiber.

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