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irish soda bread

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Kathy D

This is an Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) recipe for Irish soda bread. The orange zest gives is a nice boost of flavor. If you like your soda bread less sweet, reduce the sugar to 2 or 3 tablespoons.

(2 ratings)
yield 1 loaf
prep time 15 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For irish soda bread

  • 4 c
    all-purpose flour, plus extra for the currants
  • 4 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 4 Tbsp
    cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 1 3/4 c
    cold buttermilk, shaken
  • 1
    extra-large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp
    grated orange zest
  • 1 c
    dried currants

How To Make irish soda bread

  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    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.
  • 4
    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.
  • 5
    Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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