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Four Provinces Brown Soda Bread

Rated as 4.75 out of 5 Stars

"A soda bread recognizable in Irish households! Easy to make, right densitiy/lightness ratio, with just enough sweetness."
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45 m servings 218
Original recipe yields 12 servings (2 loaves)


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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease two baking sheets.
  2. Whisk together the egg, buttermilk, and molasses in a bowl until evenly blended; set aside. Stir together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, bran, cream of tartar, and baking soda in a separate large bowl, and make a well in the center. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the well, and stir until a soft dough forms. Stir in the golden raisins, then turn the dough out onto a well floured work surface, and knead 8 to 10 times before dividing into two round balls. Place the balls on the baking sheets and use a sharp knife to cut a 1/2 inch deep X into the tops of the dough balls. Brush with melted butter.
  3. Place the loaves into the preheated oven, and reduce the temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Wrap the loaves in light cotton towels for 10 minutes after they are removed from the oven.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 218 calories; 2.1 45.4 7.2 19 153 Full nutrition

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The combination is good for Irish soda bread (molasses always gives it a kick) but 1 tbls. cream of tartar - no way. Cream of tartar is drying and bread will be very crumbly. Suggest 1 tsp. o...

Great taste! Baking time needs to be increased to 30-35 mins! I used both golden and seedless Thompson raisins. Because of the moisture, the amount of cream of tartar is correct, this was not ...

This bread was amazing! It had a perfect sweetness and texture that I'm sure is characteristic of traditional soda bread. The crust reminded me of a pretzel. I made it with 1 tsp baking powder a...

The best Irish Soda Bread I've ever made! Will be using this recipe again and again.

Easy Wonderful. Have made it as per recipe and have added glazed fruit for a breakfast coffee cake. The banshee howled and clapped her hands.

Very easy and tasty. Out of necessity, I had to alter a few things. I was running low on whole wheat flour and molasses, so I used 2 cups whole wheat flour and 2 cups all-purpose flour, and only...