Swedish Limpa Soda Bread

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Soda bread is a quick bread that is leavened when baking soda is activated by an acidic ingredient--usually buttermilk. This is a hearty loaf perfect for soup.
2 loaves, 10 servings per loaf (serving size: 1 slice)


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3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup rye flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon aniseed
5 tablespoons chilled butter or stick margarine, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
3/4 cup Guinness Stout or dark beer
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Cooking spray
2 teaspoons cornmeal
2 teaspoons 1% low-fat milk


Preheat oven to 375°.

Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine all-purpose flour and next 6 ingredients (all-purpose flour through aniseed) in a large bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. (Flour mixture and butter can also be combined in a food processor; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal.) Make a well in center of mixture. Combine buttermilk and next 5 ingredients (buttermilk through oil) in a bowl; add to flour mixture. Stir just until moist (dough will be sticky).

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly for 1 minute with floured hands. Divide dough in half; shape each half into a 6 x 4-inch oval loaf. Place loaves on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray and sprinkled with cornmeal. Make 1 lengthwise cut 3/4-inch-deep across the top of each loaf using a sharp knife. Brush loaves with 2 teaspoons milk. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350° (do not remove bread from oven); bake an additional 25 minutes or until loaves are browned on the bottom and sound hollow when tapped. Remove loaves from pan, and cool completely on a wire rack.

Created date

November 2000

Nutritional Information

Calories 139
Caloriesfromfat 26 %
Fat 4 g
Satfat 2.1 g
Monofat 1.1 g
Polyfat 0.6 g
Protein 2.9 g
Carbohydrate 23.2 g
Fiber 1.2 g
Cholesterol 8 mg
Iron 1.2 mg
Sodium 248 mg
Calcium 36 mg