Irish Soda Bread

 

Irish Soda Bread

  • Servings: 1 loaf
  • Difficulty: Easy

Get ready for St. Patrick's Day with this delicious Irish Soda Bread. Not only is it full of flavor it's also a great accompaniment to corned beef and cabbage. Left alone or topped with your favorite butter or jam you will love this soda bread. 😋☘️

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1½ tsp Kosher salt
  • 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pats
  • 1¾ cups cold buttermilk ,shaken
  • 1 extra-large egg
  • 2 tsp grated orange zest
  • 1 cup dried currents mixed with 1 Tablespoon of flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer using the paddle attachment. Add butter & mix on low speed until butter is mixed into the flour & resembles peas.
  3.  Shake the buttermilk before pouring into a 2-3 cup measuring cup.  Lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, & orange zest with a fork. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour just to blend. Don’t over mix.
  4. Combine the currants with 1 Tablespoon of flour and add to the dough mixture. It will be very wet. Do not over beat. You just want to incorporate the currants.
  5. Place dough onto a well floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf.
  6. Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan and lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a sharp knife. (Do not press the knife deeply into the dough.)
  7. Bake 45 – 55 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean & bread is golden brown. When you tap the loaf, it should have a hollow sound.
  8. Cool on a baking rack. 

Note: Irish Soda Bread recipe adapted from  Ina Garten, 2006, Barefoot Contessa at Home.

Irish Soda Bread goes great with salmon, chive butter and dill as well as your favorite jam & cream cheese. Let your imagination fly!

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