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Easy and healthy Irish soda bread

Saint Patrick’s Day is tomorrow! I’m not much of a beer drinker myself, but I do love wearing green and getting my Irish spirit on. Soda bread is one of my favorite dishes to make for a St. Patty’s dinner. It’s easy to make, and you can either use it as a savory component of the meal, or add dried fruit and nuts for a sweeter bread.

I’ve been making this soda bread recipe for a while, but to make it a little healthier I used a combination of all purpose, quinoa, and rice flour. You could also substitute flax or coconut milk and a bit of white vinegar for the buttermilk, but I wouldn’t recommend it. The real buttermilk definitely adds a flavor that can’t really be imitated.

For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter, I actually did a post for Buzzfeed on 77 different ways to cook potatoes on Saint Patrick’s day. Some of the recipes include potato ice cream, homemade tater tots, and potato donuts. Be sure to check it out! And be safe this St. Patty’s Day y’all.

Ingredients:

2 1/4 – 3 c all purpose flour
3/4 c quinoa flour
1/2 c white rice flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
4 Tbsp cold butter
1 1/2 c butter milk
1 egg

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit (355 convection).

2. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.

3. Cut in cold butter until you have pea sized pieces. Place in the freezer to rest/cool down for at least 10 minutes.

4. Whisk egg into buttermilk, then add to dry ingredients. Use a fork while you can, then carefully use your hands to form the dough into a loaf, while being careful not to overwork it.

5. Place in the refrigerator for another few minutes while your oven finishes preheating.

6. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes depending on how you shaped your loaf, and local humidity, etc.

7. Let cool on a rack for about half an hour.

Enjoy with soup, butter, or use it for a crostini. This bread is super versatile, and easy as pie!

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