Irish Soda Bread

Cut in 1/8 and serve with butter and marmalade

I can’t remember where this recipe came from. I do know I’ve altered it over time slightly. Regardless, it’s the best soda bread I have ever had.

Irish Soda Bread

  • 4 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • ¼ lb butter (a stick)
  • 1 cup dried currants (optional)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg beaten with ½ cup milk

Sift flour into a bowl. Add baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Add orange zest and caraway seeds and mix. Cut butter into flour until it crumbles like a pie dough. Mix in currants. In a separate bowl, mix buttermilk and honey. Slowly add liquid to flour until it forms a rough dough. You may not need all the liquid. Knead dough by hand until it is tight, about a minute. If too dry add more buttermilk, too wet add more flour. Divide dough into two balls and place on a greased baking sheet. Cut an X the size of a quarter with a floured knife into the top of each. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush each ball with milk and egg mixture. Allow to set at least 10 minutes before baking. Bake bread until knife goes through easily about half an hour.

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13 Responses to Irish Soda Bread

  1. Found this quote thought you might like it.

    “Good oil, like good wine, is a gift from the gods. The grape and the olive are among the priceless benefactions of the soil, and were destined, each in its way, to promote the welfare of man.”

    –George Ellwanger

  2. secretmenu says:

    I’d forgotten how much I love to make this bread. I’ve never added orange zest, though. What a fantastic idea.

  3. Jen says:

    This sounds awesome!

  4. I’ve always been a fan of Irish soda bread, but have never run across a recipe for it (admittedly, I’ve never looked!). Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  5. Linda says:

    Oooh, I like this bread…orange zest! This is definitely something I need to make tonight! Quick and easy too!

  6. I love this bread, never tried adding honey or orange though… it´s going to my “must do” list ;). Thanks

  7. Shelvasha says:

    I am soooooooooooooo making this.

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