Sesame-Currant Irish Soda Bread

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Shake up your St. Patty's Day with somewhat sweet and crunchy soda bread that's not too salty.



In a bowl, whisk together 2 cups of the whole-wheat flour, the all-purpose flour, baking soda, sea salt, and the honey.

Cut Organic Valley Unsalted Cultured Butter into small pea-sized pieces. Add to the flour mixture and blend until it resembles a coarse meal. Stir in the oats and 1/4 cup of sesame seeds, and currants (you may sustitute raisins).

Add 1 1/3 cups of the buttermilk gradually, stirring, until the dough forms a ball. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, knead in just enough of the remaining 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour to form a soft but not sticky dough, and knead the dough lightly for 1 minute.

Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces. Form each piece into a ball, and flatten the balls slightly. Transfer the balls to a lightly buttered baking sheet, brush the tops with the additional buttermilk, and sprinkle them with the remaining 1 teaspoon sesame seeds. Cut a 1/8-inch-deep X across each bread with a sharp knife and bake the breads in the middle of a preheated 425°F. oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are browned lightly and sound hallow when the bottoms are tapped. Transfer the breads to a rack and let them cool completely.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with Healthy Chicken Hash and poached Organic Valley eggs.


Kids in the Kitchen:

"I love all the currants, they're like little flavor bundles" - Maya (age 6). "May I schmear more butter on this bread? Butter makes it better Mama!" - Maya.

We tried schmearing Organic Valley whipped cream cheese spread on the soda bread, and it was a match made in heaven! "I need lots more cream cheese...I licked it all off my bread, Mommy!" - Mikaia (age 3). Enjoy!

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