Irish Soda Bread

Prep time: 15min
Total time: 90min
Makes 1 loaf
3 1/2 cups
All-purpose flour
875 mL
3/4 cup
Large flake rolled oats, divided
175 mL
3 tbsp
Brown sugar
45 mL
1 tsp
Baking soda
5 mL
1/2 tsp
Baking powder
2 mL
3/4 tsp
Salt
4 mL
1/4 cup
Cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
60 mL
1 1/3 cups
Buttermilk, divided
325 mL
1
Egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp
Finely grated orange zest
5 mL
3/4 cup
Compliments Sultana Raisins
175 mL
calories
180
fat
4 g
saturated fat
2 g
carbs
32 g
sugar
7 g
protein
5 g
cholestrol
20 mg
fibre
2 g
sodium
220 mg

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Whisk flour with 1/2 cup (125 mL) oats, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter with pastry blender or your fingertips until mixture resembles a coarse meal.

  2. In a measuring cup, whisk 1 1/4 cups (300 mL) buttermilk with egg and orange zest until well combined. Stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture until dough comes together into a ball then stir in raisins.

  3. Knead for 2 to 3 min. on a floured surface or until dough comes together into a smooth and elastic ball. Shape into a 6-inch (15 cm) round, place on parchment-paper lined baking sheet then brush with remaining buttermilk and sprinkle with remaining oats. With a sharp knife, cut an1/2-inch (1 cm) deep “X” into the top of the round.

  4. Bake for 40 to 50 min. until golden brown and skewer inserted into centre of bread comes out clean and sounds hollow when tapping bottom of bread. Cool for 30 min.