Robert Ditty's Irish Soda Bread

Robert Ditty's Irish Soda Bread
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Robert Ditty's Irish Soda Bread

John Blanchette

Robert Ditty's Irish Soda Bread

Traditional Irish soda bread does not have dried fruit in it, although if you wish, you may add some to this recipe. This is Robert Ditty's recipe; he's widely regarded as the best baker in all of Ireland. His bakery is located in the town of Castledawson in Londonderry.

Ingredients

  • 4  Cups  white flour, plus more kneading the dough
  • 1  Teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1  Teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1  Teaspoon  salt
  • 2  Tablespoons  sugar
  • 2  Cups  buttermilk
  • Currants, raisins, or other dried fruit, to taste (optional)
  • Butter, for greasing the pie pan and serving

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Sift together into a large bowl the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Add the buttermilk and currants, raisins, or other dried fruit and mix until just combined and a dough forms.

Lightly dust a work surface with flour. Knead the dough for 2 minutes and shape into a round loaf.

Butter an 8-inch pie pan and place the dough inside. Cut a cross along the top and bake for 35-40 minutes. Enjoy warm with butter.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
7g
10%
Sugar
7g
8%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
53g
41%
Protein
7g
15%
Calcium, Ca
167mg
17%
Choline, total
6mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
22µg
6%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
38mg
12%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
296mg
42%
Selenium, Se
13µg
24%
Sodium, Na
884mg
59%
Water
33g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

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Irish Cooking Tip

Try to avoid repetition of similar foods and flavors - aim for variety in textures, colors, and cooking methods.