Irish Soda Bread

I have tried several recipes for Irish Soda Bread and this is the one I like the best, compliments of the Barefoot Contessa.

Photo by Cathie S.

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 4

    C flour

  • 4

    Tbls sugar

  • 1

    tsp baking soda

  • 1 1/2

    tsp kosher salt

  • 1/2

    stick COLD unsalted butter cut into cubes

  • 1 3/4

    C COLD buttermilk

  • 1

    extra large room temperature egg, lightly beaten

  • 1

    tsp grated orange zest

  • 1

    C dried currents

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl, use paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter and flour is mixed and looks coarse. With a fork or whisk, beat the buttermilk, egg and orange zest in a measuring cup. With the mixer on low speed slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture, mix just until blended. Coat the currents with 1 tablespoon flour, add to the dough and blend in. The dough will be very wet. Turn out the dough on a well floured board and knead it a few times, shape into a round loaf. Place on sheet pan. With a serrated knife cut a cross in the top (to bless the bread), then with a fork, poke each quarter once (to let the faeries out). Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. When the bread is done it will have a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom.

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