Irish Soda Bread with Smoked Salmon & Chive Butter

Irish Soda Bread with Smoked Salmon & Chive Butter

  • Servings: 16 pieces
  • Difficulty: Easy

Get ready for St. Patrick's Day with this amazing appetizer. Smoked salmon topped with chive butter & dill ... all sitting atop a delicious piece of Irish soda bread. Your guests will devour this and the compliments will be endless! 😋☘️

    • Ingredients

      • 1 loaf Irish Soda Bread, recipe follows
      • 1 Tablespoon chopped chives
      • 1 stick butter, softened
      • 8-ounces smoked salmon, sliced
      • Fresh dill, for garnish

Irish 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

Irish Soda Bread 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 overbeat. 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 a 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.


    • Directions

      1. Slice the soda bread into 1/4-inch thin slices
      2. Cut each slice into a 2-inch square or rectangle until you have 16 pieces. Wrap the remaining bread in plastic wrap & store in a cool dry place.
      3. Mix the softened butter and chives together then spread a small amount onto each square. 
      4. Top with a small fold of salmon & garnish with a small sprig of fresh dill.

Note: Recipe for salmon and chive butter adapted from Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh, The Hearty Boys at Food Network.





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