Irish Soda Bread
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Irish Soda Bread

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Breads and Muffins
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: St. Patrick's Day
Servings: 1 Loaf
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking / Original by Ina Garten


  • 4 cups + 1 tbsp flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 1 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 cup dried currents


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • Combine the 4 cups of flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or a hand mixer will work too). 
  • Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour. 
  • Whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest in a separate bowl until very well combined. 
  • Slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and mix until just combined. 
  • Add a tablespoon of flour to the dried currents and mix until evenly coated. 
    Side Note: This step helps ensure the currents won't sink to the bottom of the loaf while baking. 
  • Fold the dried currents into the dough until evenly combined. 
  • Dump the dough out onto a floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf. 
  • Place the loaf on the prepared baking sheet and lightly cut an x into the top of the bread with a serrated knife.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. When you tap the loaf, it should have a hollow sound.
  • Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy.