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Irish Soda Bread

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Cook Time:

40 Minutes




About the Recipe

Irish Soda Bread is a quick bread that gets its name because it's leavened with baking soda instead of yeast. Traditionally it would be baked on a hot cast-iron griddle over an open fire. Because there is no yeast involved it’s much less intimidating and actually quite simple to throw together. You start off by combining all the dry ingredients and cutting in a few Tablespoons of butter and then stir in the buttermilk until a dough forms. Then, you dump it out onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a round loaf, bake it in a cast iron skillet, brush with melted butter and that’s it. Super easy!


  • 4 cups + 1 tbsp flour, divided

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 1 ½ tsp salt

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 4 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch dice

  • 1 ¾ cup buttermilk

  • 1 extra large egg

  • 1 tsp orange zest

  • 1 cup dried currants