Irish Soda Bread

4.3
(98) 77 Reviews
Prep Time
15
min.
Total Time
1
hr.
15
min.
Servings

16 servings

Studded with currants and baked until golden brown, this Irish quick bread has a way of making everyone feel lucky—that they got a slice!

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Make It

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  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add buttermilk and currants; stir just until moistened.
  • Place dough on lightly floured surface; knead 10 times. Shape into 2-1/2-inch-thick round. Place on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Cut deep 1/2-inch "X" in top of dough; sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  • Bake 1 hour or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheet to wire rack; cool completely before cutting into wedges.

Storage Know-How

Store leftover bread in resealable plastic bag at room temperature up to 24 hours. Or, for longer storage, wrap tightly and freeze up to 2 months; thaw at room temperature before serving.

Special Extra

Add 2 to 3 tsp. caraway seed to flour mixture along with the buttermilk and currants.

Substitute

Substitute raisins for the currants.

Servings

  • 16 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 16 servings
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 170
% Daily Value
Total fat 6g
Saturated fat 4g
Cholesterol 15mg
Sodium 330mg
Carbohydrate 26g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 6g
Protein 3g
   
Vitamin A 4 %DV
Vitamin C 2 %DV
Calcium 4 %DV
Iron 6 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • sbennett05 | Sun, Mar 9 2014 3:55 PM

    I make this soda bread every year on St. Patrick's Day. It is the best recipe I have found. Love it!

  • KIMNIX | Tue, Sep 17 2013 2:34 PM

    I am not a baker, this was very simple and I did use cranberries instead.

  • mkdial | Fri, Mar 22 2013 1:12 PM

    I made this for St. Patrick's Day and the whole family loved it and wants me to make it again. I left the raisins out because we do not especially like them. Because I am on a gluten-free diet, I made it with gluten-free Bisquick.

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