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Clean Cranberry and Almond Irish Soda Bread

Posted Mar 20 2011 9:52pm
I have always wanted to make Irish Soda Bread. I saw show on the Cooking Channel called Nigella Feasts  it was a show all about Irish Soda Bread and how you can add various berries or flavors to the dough to add a twist to the traditional favorite. So this year in honor of St. Pat I decided I would try to make some clean soda bread. I found a great recipe on The Gracious Pantry's Website - here's the link: Clean Eating Irish Soda Bread . I decided to use this recipe as a base and then add in some of my favorites to give the bread some extra flavor.

Here's the recipe: Enjoy!

Clean Cranberry and Almond Irish Soda Bread
3 1/2 cups of organic whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp of baking soda
1/2 tsp of sea salt
1 cup of skim milk
1/3 cup of dried cranberries
1/3 cup of chopped almonds
2 tbsp of honey

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add in milk and stir. Once mixture becomes too thick to use the spoon you will have to use your hands to mix it. Once you have consistent (well mixed) lump of dough add in the almonds and cranberries and knead throughout the dough. Shape the dough into a round lump that is slightly flattened out on top. Then cut a cross into the dough with a sharp knife. Then drizzle the honey on top of the dough. Bake the bread at 425 degrees for 35 minutes. Then lower heat to 325 degrees and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes. Let cool, then break into quarters and serve!

**Note: The bread will have a very crispy crust and if you are used to baking with white flour you might think you burnt the bread --- I did - but when I cut it open it was all moist and tasty inside! I gobbled this bread up it was great for a breakfast treat and went quite well with my morning coffee!
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