Irish Soda Bread

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"There are as many recipes for soda bread as there are cooks who make it. This one is the one that came down through the family, with a little tweaking to try to cut the carbs down a bit (it's still pretty high, but we only eat it as a treat). This makes two loaves, each of which we usually cut into 12 pieces. We often wrap one well in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil, then into a zip-top plastic bag and freeze it for later."

Original recipe yields 24 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (52.7 g)
  • Calories 111.7
  • Total Fat - 3.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 15.7 mg
  • Sodium - 234.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 18.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.4 g
  • Sugars - 3.6 g
  • Protein - 3.6 g
  • Calcium - 74 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375F; grease two 8-inch round pans.

Step 2

Combine dry ingredients, then cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until coarse crumbs form.

Step 3

Whisk egg and buttermilk together; add to dry ingredients and mix until well blended.

Step 4

Add currants and stir to thoroughly combine.

Step 5

Turn out onto floured surface and knead gently for 3 minutes, until dough is smooth.

Step 6

Divide dough in half and shape each into a ball.

Step 7

Press each half into a prepared pan, pressing down until it fills to the edges.

Step 8

Using a sharp knife, cut a 1/2-inch-deep cross in the top of each loaf.

Step 9

Bake at 375F for 40 minutes, or until bread sounds hollow when thumped with your knuckles.

Step 10

Turn out onto wire rack to cool; leave alone for at least four hours before cutting.

Tips & Variations

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