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Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
57 min
12 min
45 min
Irish soda bread celebrates this quick-and-easy heartiness: here's a raisin-and-caraway studded loafwith no fuss and big taste.


Low-fat buttermilk

¾ cup(s), (175 ml)

Canola oil

2 tbsp(s), (30 ml)

All-purpose flour

1 cup(s), (250 ml)

Whole wheat flour

1 cup(s), (250 ml)

Golden seedless raisins

tbsp(s), (75 ml)

Caraway seeds

4 tsp(s), (20 ml)

Baking soda

1 tsp(s), (5 ml)

Baking powder

½ tsp(s), (2 ml)

Table salt

½ tsp(s), (2 ml)

All-purpose flour

1 tsp, (5 ml)


  1. Position a rack in the centre of the oven and preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F).
  2. Whisk the buttermilk and oil in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Whisk 250 ml (1 cup) all-purpose flour, the whole-wheat flour, raisins, caraway seeds, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the buttermilk mixture with a wooden spoon until thoroughly moistened.
  4. Dust a clean, dry work surface with the remaining 5 ml (1 tsp) flour. Turn the dough out onto work surface and knead for 30 seconds, just until it coheres. Shape into a round loaf about 6 inches in diameter and 2.5 cm (1 inch) high. Use a sharp knife or a new razor blade to cut an "x" about 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) deep in the top of the loaf.
  5. Lightly spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray, place the loaf on it, and bake until lightly browned and crusty, about 45 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least 15 minutes before slicing into 8 pieces.