Irish Soda Bread
4 call-purpose flour, plus extra for the currants
1 tspbaking soda
1 1/2 tspkosher salt
4 Tbspcold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch dice
1 3/4 ccold buttermilk, shaken
1extra-large egg, beaten
1 tspgrated orange zest
1 cdried currants
How to Make Irish Soda Bread
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt into a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour.
- With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg and orange zest together in a measuring cup. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture. Combine the currants with 1 tablespoon of flour and mix into the dough. It will be very wet.
- Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf. Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan and lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. When you tap the loaf, it will have a hollow sound.
- Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.