There's no excuse not to whip up a crusty loaf of Irish soda bread this St. Patrick's Day, especially when it's part-whole wheat and packed with oats! One of the best quick breads out there, soda bread is so easy that the hardest part is waiting for it to cool before serving it with salted Irish butter. I've also included a few variations you can try out!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
1 loaf
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (191 degrees C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

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  • Mix flours, rolled oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix buttermilk and melted butter together in a small bowl.

  • Make a small well in the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk-butter mixture. Stir together with a wooden spoon until well combined.

  • Turn the dough out on a generously floured surface and knead into a smooth, round loaf. Place on the cookie sheet and cut a shallow X into the top of the dough.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until top is golden brown, about 1 hour. Carefully tap the bottom of the loaf; it should sound hollow. Cool on a baking rack for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

Cheddar-Dill Irish Soda Bread:

Prepare the recipe through Step 3. Add 1 cup extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese (such as Dubliner by Kerrygold(R)), 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, and 2 teaspoons freshly cracked pepper. Stir to combine and prepare through the rest of the recipe.

Cranberry-Orange Irish Soda Bread:

Prepare the recipe through Step 3. Add the zest of 1 medium navel orange, 1 cup dried cranberries, 1 extra tablespoon sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir to combine and prepare through the rest of the recipe.

Nutrition Facts

272 calories; protein 7.5g; carbohydrates 42.6g; fat 8.3g; cholesterol 20.3mg; sodium 751.1mg. Full Nutrition
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