Irish Soda Bread

Yield:
1 loaf
NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for currants
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken
  • 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 cup dried currants
Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour.

With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together in a measuring cup. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Combine the currants with 1 tablespoon of flour and mix into the dough. It will be very wet.

Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf. Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan and lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. When you tap the loaf, it will have a hollow sound.

Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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This is the bomb.  An amazingly crunchy rustic crust and a moist, dense center with plenty of flavor from the orange zest and currants (though I had to use dried cranberries instead).  I made my own buttermilk by adding 1 3/4 teaspoons of white vinegar to 2% milk.  I took my butter from the refrigerator and grated it on the cheese grater - large holes.  Next time, I plan to add sliced almonds along with the cranberries (or currants) to give added texture and flavor.  My first success ever baking bread.  Thanks Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing!! Crunchy and salty on the outside, soft and sweet on the inside!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous! Follow the directions to the letter and you will not be disappointed. I added currants, raisins, and cranberries. Simply Fabulous Barefoot Contessa! item not reviewed by moderator and published
DELICIOUS! Also good for French toast yum. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple recipe, but oh so delicious... item not reviewed by moderator and published
This id the best thing I have made in a good long time. Thanks Ina!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The absolute BEST soda bread we ever had, hands down. That cast iron skillet and hint of orange is just perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This makes a large, dense loaf. Very good, and truly even better toasted the next morning. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great, easy recipe for soda bread. I substituted the currants for raisins and used low-fat buttermilk (that's all they had at my store -- gasp!). I made this for a family St. Patty's day celebration and it got rave reviews from all. It was a big loaf, but we ate it all. I wish I would have made a second. Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/irish-soda-bread-recipe.html?oc=linkback item not reviewed by moderator and published
for God sakes people follow the recipe... this was amazing as is item not reviewed by moderator and published

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