Even though it appears that soda bread was not invented by the Irish (it is believed that American Indians were the first to leaven their bread using a type of soda ash), soda bread is considered a traditional Irish dish.
Here’s a very easy Irish soda bread recipe that’s traditionally served warm with lots of butter, accompanying a corned beef and cabbage dinner.
Weight Watchers Traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe
Makes 8 servings
3 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1 cup dry currants
2 tablespoons sugar (for the glaze)
2 tablespoons hot water (for the glaze)
1. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.
2. Stir in the milk and currants.
3. Combine until well blended (the dough will be sticky).
4. Turn out the dough onto a floured board and knead 10 times, until smooth.
5. Shape into an 8″ round loaf.
6. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
7. With a knife, cut an “X” into the top of the loaf.
8. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 45 minutes.
9. Remove from the oven. Pour the sugar and water glaze over the top and return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes.
WW POINTS per serving: 5
Nutritional information per serving: 268 calories, 0.9g fat, 2.5g fiber