Mar 8, 2010

Low Fat Irish Soda Bread




I love to have Irish Soda Bread for breakfast hot out of the oven with some low fat spread and a cup of tea. This is very easy to make, even if you have no experience baking. If you prefer to make a bread to serve with dinner, omit the raisins and sugar and you can add caraway seeds.



Low Fat Irish Soda Bread
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 15 • Serving Size: 2 oz slice • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts
Calories: 124.5 • Fat: 0.5 g • Protein: 3.8 g • Carb: 27.0 g • Fiber: 1.7 g   
 
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups 1% buttermilk
  • 3 oz (2/3 cup) raisins

Preheat oven to 375°.

Mix all dry ingredients (first 5) in a large bowl with a whisk. Slowly add buttermilk stirring with a wooden spoon until a soft dough is formed. Add raisins, knead the dough lightly on a sheet of wax paper or a floured surface for about 1 minute. Form into a round, slightly flattened shape.

Place on a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Using a sharp knife, make an X at the top about 1/2 inch deep. Bake about 40 minutes, until golden. To test if it's done, insert a toothpick into the bread, if it comes out clean it is done. Let it cool on a bakers rack for about 5-10 minutes before serving.

36 comments :

  1. I had Irish Soda Bread for the first time a couple weeks ago, and Loved it! Thanks so much for this recipe!!

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  2. I've never had irish soda bread before but I want to try it! Probably will do this recipe sometime near the end of this week. My only question is... how the heck do I slice it?! Haha. I don't have a food scale to find out how much will be 2oz.

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  3. Alexandra: The notes say "15 Slices".
    Cut your loaf into thirds, and 5 slices from each. Voila!

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  4. I really don't know why I haven't made this since it is so easy to make... I know what I am going to make this weekend for breakfast :)

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  5. I love Irish Soda Bread! This is a great low fat alternative to baking it with butter and eggs. Scales are so inexpensive, you can purchase one on Amazon.

    @Ben- :)

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  6. I make this bread every year for St. Patrick's Day, never tried it with wheat flour. Thanks for the idea.

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  7. when do you add the raisins?

    Im new to WW..thanks for the wonderful recipes!!!

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  8. Thanks Gina!

    I make Irish Soda Bread every year and I was going to figure out how to make it "Weight Watcher Friendly" this year and low and behold you did it for me!

    I love all your great recipes!

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  9. I'm new this site and just wondering what the weight measurement of a cup is?

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  10. For beginners, this is a simple recipe.Also great for the expert who needs a quick meal done. Nutritious with whole wheat flour and then raisins for extra taste and flavor. Raisins have Potassium and give high energy. Thanks for the pics.

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  11. The weight measurement of a cup varies depending on what you are weighing.

    @Cooking home- You're welcome!

    @Bonnie- Hope you like it!

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  12. Gina, I love this site! But when will you print a cookbook!! I always come away with a new idea for cooking. Your photos alone inspire me.

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  13. Thanks Nanny. Hopefully someday! It would be nice if Weight Watchers published a book with my recipes!!

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  14. I made this tonight for dinner and it was FABULOUS! You didn't mention adding any flour as you kneaded. I think I had to add about 1/4 cup more. I ground the wheat flour right before I made it - talk about fresh! Thanks!

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  15. @Stee- There's no fat in sugar! It's a matter of taste really, I like mine a little sweet (it's really not sweet) when I add raisins. If I was making this without raisins to serve with a meal, I would omit the sugar.

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  16. This is in the oven and smells soooo good! I was watching TV while making so not sure if I mis-measured but my dough was a bit sticky. I'm sure it will be just fine.

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  17. This recipe looks sooo good! This is my first time on your site and I love it! I also haved looked at the "Speghetti with Sauteed Chicken and Grape Tomatoes". That also looks great!

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  18. You could also form it up to fit in a loaf pan -very easy to cut into 15 similar sized slices to have the right serving size!!! I have a couple of Soda bread recipes - trying this one for a friends birthday tomorrow!

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  19. Made this for a friends birthday - came out great - did bake in a loaf pan - 15 slices were hard to cut - I cut 12 and counted them 3 points each! Thanks for a great WW friendly Irish Soda Bread recipe!

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  20. If I omit the raisins, and use all whole wheat flour, what kindo of effect would that have on the points?

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  21. I don't have the breakdown any longer so you'll have to put it in recipe builder to see.

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  22. Gina,

    This looks great! My husband loves Irish soda bread and I am not a baker. This looks just easy enough to try. What can I do if I don't have a silicone baking mat or parchment paper? Thanks for all the great recipes!

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  23. I don't know if I did something wrong my dough was so sticky. I had to add about 1/2 cup more flour. Was I supposed to use the entire 1 1/2 cups buttermilk or only until it formed into soft ball? Thanks for all your recipes!

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  24. Yes, you should have used it all. Not sure why it didn't work out for you, but dough can be differernt day to day, if it is too sticky you could add a little more flour.

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  25. If you don't have parchment or a silicone mat, you can spray it with nonstick spray.

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  26. Why can't we in the USA use weights of some ingredients like they do in Europe?

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  27. SO pysched! I just pulled my second loaf of this out of the oven, and it looks and smells heavenly.

    You'll laugh -- I made a loaf of your chocochip zucchini bread on Saturday night (today is Tuesday) and there are only 4 pieces left. I've had 2. You do the math. =) My hubby was a fan.

    So, I decided to try this recipe. But since we are having Italian tonight, I wanted something savory, too. So I did a loaf with the raisins, and then I did a savory loaf with parmesan cheese and Italian seasonings. Planning to serve with dipping oil at dinner.

    Oh, and I went ahead and made another loaf of the zucchini bread, since the oven was already on.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Gina, for your efforts and recipes. I've not had so much pleasure in my kitchen in a long time!

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  28. Gina - Made this bread last night, and it's DELICIOUS! Irish soda bread is my fav. Thanks for all the great recipes. Finally a site with simple, delicious, HEALTHY recipes! I'm wondering...could I separate the dough into 15 small rolls/buns/scones then bake for easier consumption and portion control? Thanks!

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  29. I was disappointed as this did not have much flavor and was too dense.

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  30. Just finished making this. It is awesome. So tasty. The kids and hubby love it. Thank you for the recipe.

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  31. I guess I should have watched this closer ... 40 minutes at 375 produced a nearly burnt loaf for me - totally inedible. Bummer! I'll try it again, and I'm guessing 25-30 minutes will do the trick nicely. Some of your readers may find this tip helpful ...

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  32. This looks awesome! Do I have to soak the raisins in warm water before add them to the dough or not?

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  33. Can I make this with lower fat buttermilk?

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  34. This sounds like a recipe I want to make this week. Thank u Gina :)

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  35. add caraway seeds,it is sooo good.

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  36. Would using all white-whole wheat flour produce the same results?

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