Irish Soda Bread

An easy Irish Soda Bread, closer to traditional Irish Bread than its American cousin. Bread flour, egg, butter, sugar and currants lighten and soften the loaf. Use a serrated knife to cut wedge-shaped pieces.

Photo by Mary Jo D.
Adapted from kingarthurflour.com

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

85

minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

PREP TIME

10

minutes

TOTAL TIME

85

minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

Adapted from kingarthurflour.com

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2

    cups (10-ounces) King Arthur 100% White Whole Wheat Flour or King Arthur Irish-Style Wholemeal Flour (9-3/4 ounces)

  • 1 1/4

    cups (5 1/4-ounces) King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour

  • 3

    tablespoons (1 1/4-ounces) sugar

  • 1

    teaspoon baking soda

  • 3/4

    teaspoon salt

  • 2/3

    cup (3-ounces) currants or raisins

  • 4

    tablespoons (1/2 stick, 2 ounces) cold butter, cut into 8 pieces

  • 1 1/3

    cups (10 5/8-ounces) buttermilk

  • 1

    large egg

Directions

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking soda, salt, and currants or raisins. Using a mixer, a pastry fork or blender, or your fingers, cut in the butter until it's evenly distributed and no large chunks remain. In a separate bowl (or in a measuring cup) whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and mix to combine. The dough will be stiff; if it's too crumbly to squeeze together, add another tablespoon or two of buttermilk. Knead the dough a couple of times to make sure it's holding together, then shape it into a ball. Flatten the ball slightly, and place the loaf in a lightly greased 8- or 9-inch round cake pan, or in a similar pan; it won't spread much, so the pan doesn't have to be large. Use a sharp knife to cut a 1/2-inch deep cross, extending all the way to the edges, atop the loaf. Bake the bread in a preheated 400°F oven for 45 to 55 minutes, until it's golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the bread from the oven, and brush the top with melted butter, if desired.

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