As we all know, the Irish sure do know how to have fun, and what better way than to enjoy an entire day of festivities. Tis’ the luck of the Irish…
But with all that fun, you have to take time to enjoy the great food. Top of the morning to ya’ with Emerald Eggs for breakfast. An all green lunch with the Green Goddess Dip, and for dinner (probably the most popular Irish meal ever) Corn Beef and Cabbage. And don’t forget to end St. Patrick’s Day with green beer!
For those of us who would still like to maintain our figures during St. Patrick’s day, but stay within the Irish tradition, below is a recipe for Irish Soda Bread. A homemade treat, with only sixty calories per slice. You’ll be lucky not to eat the whole loaf.
Whole-Wheat Irish Soda Bread
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F and line a large sheet pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour, 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt; whisk to lighten and remove any lumps. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in 1 3/4 cups low-fat buttermilk (Optional: Add a drop of green food dye to make it extra Irish!). Gently mix with a rubber spatula until combined; do not knead or overwork the dough. Turn dough out onto prepared pan. Gently form into an even and round loaf and cut a shallow “x” pattern across the center using a serrated knife. Bake for 25 to 30 min or until firm and lightly golden. Allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Info Per Serving (1 large slice – 1/12 of loaf):
Calories: 120; Total Fat: 1 gram; Saturated Fat: 0 grams; Total Carbohydrate: 24 grams; Protein: 5 grams; Sodium: 478 milligrams; Cholesterol: 1 milligram; Fiber: 2 grams
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