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You’ll be Shocked by the Surprise Ingredient in this Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Dump a bunch of ingredients in a bowl (under 5 minutes of your time), give a little mix, transfer into a skillet, bake for 40 minutes, and you’ve got an unforgettable sweet, hearty, rustic Irish soda bread.  This Irish soda bread is being added to my short list of show-stopper recipes that I can throw together super fast when entertaining.

Irish Soda Bread

Most surprising about this Irish soda bread recipe are the ingredients that are missing and the unusual addition:

  • This Irish soda bread has no butter or oil.  You won’t miss it – the bread is rich from buttermilk.
  • It has no added sugar and yet it’s sweet.
  • The sweetness comes from… wait for it… PARSNIPS!

Parsnips are carrots’ underrated cousins.  Did you know that parsnips were actually used as a sweetener in Europe prior to the arrival of cane sugar?  Although we don’t see them often in American cooking outside the occasional soup or stew, parsnips are far more common in Irish cooking.

Irish Country Cooking: More than 100 Recipes for Today's Table

I was given a copy of Irish Country Cooking, a lovely anthology of Irish recipes, and I was inspired to use parsnips after a seeing recipe there for parsnip cake (essentially a carrot cake made with parsnips instead of carrots).

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Irish Soda Bread

I found a recipe for a parsnip soda bread on Waitrose.  That soda bread is a savory soda bread with both white and whole wheat flours, cheddar cheese, and assorted seeds.  My sweeter variation uses only all-purpose flour, has no cheese and seeds, and instead uses raisins.    The recipe has so much potential.  Down the road, I’ll be experimenting with adding nuts, cheeses and fruits, using different types of flours, and trying carrots and maybe even sweet potato instead of the parsnip.

Lodge L5SK3 Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet, 8-inch

Although I baked my bread in a skillet, you could also use a cookie sheet.

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Irish Soda Bread

Yield: 1 loaf Irish soda bread

Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups peeled and finely food processed parsnip, loosely packed (about 1 parsnip / 175 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Mix flour, baking soda, parsnip, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix in buttermilk.
  4. Mix in raisins.
  5. Use your hands to gently knead the mixture together to form a dough. It's a rustic bread, so don't expect a smooth elastic dough like you might have seen with other types of bread.
  6. Place dough into a lightly greased deep 8" skillet or shape into a round loaf on a lightly greased cookie sheet,
  7. Cut a cross into the loaf, going about halfway into the dough. This is not just decorative; it helps the bread bake evenly.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes or until crusty. When you flip the loaf out to cool, it should sound hollow when you tap the bottom.
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(Psst… See that cute knife in the top photo?  You can get knives like that from my friend Brooke at Sucre Shop!)

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4 Responses to You’ll be Shocked by the Surprise Ingredient in this Irish Soda Bread

  1. Epic SPlit van Dammme February 27, 2014 at 7:08 am #

    So, we would take it that this coffee brewer produces good brew.
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  2. querino de-Freitas March 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    I LOVE SODA BREAD……YES PARSNIPS IS NOTHING NEW IN SODA BREAD…USEING PARSNIPS IN SODA BREAD HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG WHILE…..QUERINO

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