Irish Soda Bread with Raisinets

This sweet version of the traditional Irish favorite features a taste of chocolate-covered raisins in every bite.


8 servings


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated (white) sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled
1 cup lowfat buttermilk
1/2 cup (3 ounces) NESTLÉ RAISINETS Milk Chocolate-Covered Raisins
1 tablespoon decorating or coarse sugar


Preheat oven to 375°F (191°C). Grease an 8-inch round cake pan with cooking spray.

Place flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in food processor; pulse to combine (or, combine ingredients in large bowl). Add butter to food processor; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal (or, cut butter into pieces, add to bowl and use fingertips to rub until coarse meal forms). Add buttermilk to food processor; pulse to combine (or, make well in center of flour mixture, then add buttermilk and stir dry ingredients into milk to blend).

Turn dough onto floured surface; gently knead in Raisinets. Form into ball. Place ball in prepared pan (dough will not come to edges of pan). Sprinkle top with decorating sugar.

Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire cooling rack for 10 minutes; remove to wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 40 minutes
Cool Time: 10 minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories: 230; Calories from Fat: 60; Total Fat: 6 g; Saturated Fat: 4 g; Cholesterol: 15 mg; Sodium: 520 mg; Carbohydrates: 40 g; Dietary Fiber: 1 g; Sugars: 18 g; Protein: 5 g

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