Irish Soda Bread

Yield: Two loaves

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 35 min

Irish Soda Bread


4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
2 cups currants (or seedless raisins)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 3/4 cups buttermilk

2 tablespoons caraway seeds (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease two 8-inch round cake pans or cookie sheet.

2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add butter and cut in with a pastry blender until crumbly. Mix in currants. Beat egg and buttermilk (and caraway seeds, if using) into dry ingredients until blended.

3. Turn dough onto floured cutting board and knead until smooth (2-3 minutes), adding more flour as needed if dough is too wet to handle. Divide dough in half and shape into rounds.

4. Place rounds into cake pans or onto cookie sheet. Press down and cut crosses on top, 1/2-inch deep.

5. Bake 35-40 minutes.


2 Responses to “Irish Soda Bread”

  1. postedFeb 17, 2012 9:09 AM
    Linda Wagner

    Dough was too loose. I have been making soda bread for years. Definitely needed more flour. Stuck to the bread board and my hands really badly. Only made 1 loaf in a 9″ pan.

    • postedFeb 17, 2012 8:48 PM

      One loaf with 4 cups of flour? Did you make a really big loaf? I got two loaves out of it.

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