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Onion & Garlic Soda Bread

This is one of my favorite recipes for soda bread. It's versatile—you can do endless sweet or savory variations. I serve it sliced alongside assorted spreads and cheeses. —Theresa Vujosevic, Hamburg, New Jersey For a savory Irish bread: Omit Sugar and Raisin and replace with 1 medium onion, 5 gloves of garlic (chopped and sauteed until translucent). Let mixture cool and add into dough mixture prior to adding wet ingredients. Another Savory Choice: Again omit sugar and rais
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf (12 slices)


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 425°. In a small skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until light golden brown, 3-5 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir 30 seconds longer. Cool.
  • In a large bowl, whisk flour, salt and baking soda. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cooled onion mixture; make a well in center. In a small bowl, whisk egg and buttermilk; pour into well. Using a wooden spoon, mix dough until too stiff to stir. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead gently 10 times. Shape into a round loaf.
  • Transfer to a large greased cast-iron skillet or baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut a shallow "X" on the top of loaf. Bake until golden brown, 35-40 minutes.
  • Remove from pan to a wire rack; serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 219 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 398mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.
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