My infatuation with Irish soda bread continues . Maybe because it’s so quick, easy and satisfying to make, with none of the fussiness of yeast bread. Maybe because I’m missing my dad, who’s roots were Irish. Maybe because it’s St. Patrick’s Day…
You just mix all the ingredients together, pour the mixture into a well-greased pan and bake for about one hour. Talk about the ultimate quick bread. It keeps very well for several days and is also great toasted.
I also read somewhere that soda bread freezes well, so I wrapped several slices in wax paper, then foil, and placed them in a zippered freezer bag that I tucked into the freezer to save me from over-indulging in this delicious bread. Now, I can enjoy a serving or two over the next several weeks, without having to bake an entire loaf.
This makes a nice big loaf that I like to cut into 12 thick slices that I then cut in half. Each half has about 84 calories and 2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus.
If you are looking for an easy soda bread that doesn’t require gentle kneading and shaping into a round loaf, this is the recipe for you.
Darina Allen’s Easy Whole Wheat Soda Bread Recipe
Recipe type: Bread
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 60 mins
Total time: 1 hour 15 mins
Modern version of soda bread that you mix and pour in a pan – simple and delicious
Positon a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan well.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, salt and baking soda until well blended.
In another bowl, stir together the egg, oil, honey and buttermilk until well combined.
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk mixture. Mix well and add more buttermilk if necessary, to create a soft and slightly sloppy mixture.
Pour into the greased pan.
Sprinkle some sunflower or sesame seeds on top, if desired.
Bake in the center of the oven for 1 hour or until the bread is browned and crusty and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. (For a softer crust, wrap in a clean dish towel before placing on the wire rack to cool.)
Nutrition & Cooking Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1/24th loaf): 84 calories, 1.2 g fat, 15.2 g carbs, 0.5 g fiber, 2.8 g protein and 2 WW PointsPlus value
I used all white whole wheat flour with good results.
Darina suggests that for a healthy seed bread, you can add to the dry ingredients 1 tablespoon each sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and cracked wheat, reserving a little bit of the mixture to scatter on top before baking.