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St. Patrick's Day Tradition With a Twist

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Irish Soy-da Bread

(Family Features) - Irish soda bread is a simple quick bread that gets its name from the baking soda used as a leavener, instead of yeast. Traditional soda bread is made with only flour, buttermilk, salt and baking soda. More contemporary versions add ingredients like sugar, raisins and caraway seeds.

But what if you can't have dairy as part of your diet? You can still enjoy this March tradition by substituting soymilk.

"Soymilk is such an easy-to-use, delicious alternative to regular milk that most every traditional St. Patrick's Day dish can still be enjoyed by people who have to avoid dairy," said Chef Jim Coleman, host of the PBS TV "Healthy Flavors" cooking show. Soymilk is high in protein and has no cholesterol, making it a healthy dairy alternative for anyone looking to improve their diet. Chef Jim says you can easily substitute soymilk for dairy milk in just about any recipe.

He shares his recipe for Irish soy-da bread, studded with raisins and caraway seeds. Plain and simple or dressed up for a party, soda bread is a tasty part of any Irish celebration.

Serve with:

  • hot tea and organic jam
  • Irish stew
  • traditional Irish cabbage dishes

For more recipe ideas, visit www.vitasoy-usa.com.

Irish Soy-da Bread

Plain and simple or dressed up for a party, soda bread is a tasty part of any Irish celebration.
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  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups Original Flavored Vitasoy soymilk

    1. Preheat oven to 425°. Sift together flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda into large mixing bowl.
    2. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, work margarine into flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal, then stir in raisins and caraway seeds.
    3. Add egg and soymilk and mix in with a wooden spoon until dough is too stiff to stir. Dust hands with flour, gently kneading until dough is in a ball. Add flour if dough is too sticky but do not over knead. Shape into a round loaf.
    4. Transfer dough to lightly greased cast-iron skillet or a baking sheet. Score top of dough about 1/2" deep in an "X" shape using a knife. Bake until bread is golden, 35-45 minutes. Stick a straw in the center and when it comes out clean, it's done. Cool briefly and serve.
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Calories: 140g     Total Fat: 3g
Cholesterol: 10mg     Protein: 4g
Carbohydrates: 24g     Sodium: 180mg

Makes 25 servings

SOURCE: Vitasoy

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