Irish Soda Bread

5 servings
15 min
1 hour
Very Easy




  • In a large bowl , combine 4½ cups of all purpose flour, 1/3 of a cup of sugar, a teaspoon of baking soda, one teaspoon of salt, and cut in six tablespoons of cold, diced butter, until it is about the texture of corn meal.
  • In a measuring cup , mix together 1¾ cups buttermilk, one egg, and the zest of one orange.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix it until just combined.
  • Add about one cup of dried currants, and stir to incorporate.
  • Turn in the dough out onto a floured board, and knead it several times, folding the dough over onto itself to develop flaky layers.
  • Cut the dough in half and form each half into a round ball, and chill them in the refrigerator for one hour.
  • Take the chilled dough, and, with a sharp knife, score an “x” into the top of each.
  • Bake at 375º for a little under and hour, or until a wooden skewer comes out clean when plunged into the center of each loaf.


Irish Soda Bread, photo 1
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