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Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Light Irish Brown Soda Bread

The first time I was lucky enough to have brown soda bread it was served to me as a one-inch thick slab of bread spread with about half an inch of bright yellow Irish butter. I figure that between the calories in the butter and bread I was well over halfway my normal daily calorie consumption for the day! While that is still a special treat, this is a lighter, healthier version that is just as tasty. It also is less dense and has a lighter color and texture than our Traditional Irish Brown Soda Bread. You can still slather it with butter, but I like to lightly toast this bread and serve it with a flavorful Irish marmalade (like Fruitfield Old Time Irish No Peel Marmalade or Jameson Irish Whiskey Marmalade) or your favorite jam. If the dough is too dry, you can add a little milk or water so that it will hold together, and if it is too moist you can add a little whole wheat or white flour. You can find our plain Irish Soda Bread here.

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons diced cold butter
1 1/2 cups plain non-fat yogurt

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9-inch round cake pan. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Do not over mix. Add the yogurt and stir until the dough holds together, adding milk or water or extra flour as needed to form a soft dough. Scrape the dough onto a floured board and knead for 2-3 minutes, adding flour as needed to keep it from sticking to the board. Transfer the dough to the prepared cake pan and with a sharp knife, slash an X across the top. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the bread has started to brown and sounds hollow when you tap the bottom. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, and then remove and allow to cool completely on a rack.

Makes one loaf bread.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Cooling Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

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