Irish Soda Bread with Raisins and Nuts Recipe

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A nice soda bread enhanced with orange zest, raisins and walnuts. This is perfect for breakfast, a morning snack, or with afternoon tea. Serve at room temperature or slightly warmed in the microwave with butter and jam. Delicious!

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Servings: 10


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  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose and whole-wheat flours, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt until evenly combined. Add the butter pieces. Using clean fingertips or a pastry cutter, rub the butter pieces into the mixture until it forms coarse crumbs. Then add in the walnuts, both types of raisins and the orange zest; mix to distribute evenly.
  3. Gradually stir in 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk and the beaten egg. With your hands, knead the dough in the bowl until it just comes together and all ingredients are evenly combined. Form the dough into a round, place it on the baking sheet and flatten slightly. Brush the round all over with the remaining 2 Tablespoons of buttermilk. Use a sharp knife to cut an "x" into the top of the round.
  4. Bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow the bread to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature, plain or with a bit of jam or butter.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 106g
Recipe makes 10 servings
Calories 295  
Calories from Fat 105 36%
Total Fat 12.06g 15%
Saturated Fat 6.39g 26%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 732mg 31%
Potassium 174mg 5%
Total Carbs 41.61g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1.4g 5%
Sugars 13.51g 9%
Protein 6.08g 10%
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  • Lauren CoffeeMuffins
    I love the fact that this has wholewheat flour, it looks so tasty, and a little bit healthier than my average afternoon tea snack :)
    • kathy gori
      just in time for St. Patricks day!
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          • ShaleeDP
            March 12, 2014
            Looks good. I haven't done bread like this yet.
            • Cooking Rookie
              March 22, 2010
              I never actually got to make soda bread. I should give it a try - your pic looks very inspiring :-)

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