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
Watch how to make this recipe

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 bread is soooo goood!  She wasn't kidding about it "being wet".  Have everything in place before you get this on the floured surface!  I didn't have currants, so I used cranberries. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is NOT true Irish Soda Bread.  True, traditional Irish Soda Bread contains the following, ONLY:<div><br /></div><div><p><span>Flour, Salt, Baking Soda, Buttermilk.   </span></p><p><span>Anything else added makes it a "Tea Cake!"</span></p><p><span><br /></span></p><p><span>While I'm sure this is a tasty treat, it is NOT Irish Soda Bread.</span></p></div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been making Ina's Irish Soda Bread for a few years now and it is easy and delicious!  I follow the recipe as given (except I do use raisins).  There was a comment earlier about the dough being too sticky.  Just put a little flour on your hands before kneading and make sure there is enough flour on your board.  Then just before I put it in the oven I use a small pastry brush to "dust" off some of the flour.  If there is still an excess on the loaf after baking, I usually use a damp piece of paper towel to wipe it off a little more so that it doesn't taste of the flour.  Comes out great every time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I grate the cold butter into flour mixture.  Love this recipe!  Thanks Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can’t say anything more than hasn't already been said.  This one’s a keeper!   item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is fantastic!  I followed it exactly except I left out the currants because no one in my family likes them so the orange zest gave it just the right added flavor.  I've never made Irish Soda Bread before, but will definitely be making this again.  No need to even try another recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night for work and my coworkers love it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made this recipe this morning! I didn't have access to buttermilk, no oranges on hand, and had to substitute golden raisins for currants. I used Emril's homemade buttermilk recipe and the bread came out perfectly! So delicious - even with all of my substitutions. Definitely my new go-to Soda Bread recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This bread was wonderful!  Not only was it easy, it was light and flavorful -- not at all what I expected when I took this heavy loaf out of the oven.  I would make this again and have it for breakfast.  I made a whipped orange butter to go with it and both were a huge hit at the dinner party! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent.   I used 1/2 C currents and 1/2 Craisins.  Next time I will add 2 t. caraway seeds plus 1/4 t. anise seed.  I will be making this again for sure! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the BEST ever!!  The bread comes out perfect, crispy on the outside, nice and soft inside....the hint of orange is yummy and is delicious as toast the next day.  It makes a big loaf but everyone devoured it....will be making again and again...not just for St.Patricks Day!!!  Follow the recipe to the letter and you won't be disappointed.  I love how people substitute this and that, then aren't happy with the results....follow the recipe!!!!  DELICIOUS. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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
I tried making soda bread for the first time using this recipe because it didn't have yeast so I wouldn't have all that kneading and rising time. Plus, it would go well with my St. Patrick's Day dinner of corned beef and cabbage. And yes, I realize corned beef and this recipe are not traditional Irish recipes. Like many reviewers, I substituted raisins for the currants. The dough is really, really wet and sticky and looks more like oatmeal cookie dough. Use a WELL FLOURED board to knead it! I used low-fat buttermilk which another reviewer thought should reduce the amount being called for in the recipe. I might try that next time to see if the dough is less sticky. Anyway, the loaf wasn't pretty but it tasted good. My husband liked it and wants me to make it again. In my book, that counts as a success. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG... the best Irish soda bread ever. I baked 4 loaves over the weekend, to give to family and friends, everyone raved how delicious it was. Thanks Ina for such an easy recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I baked this for my husband and his Irish family for St Patrick's Day. They all raved, and said that it was the best soda bread they have had. I added a bit more orange zest and substituted plumbs and cranberries for the currants. It looked like it could have been from a bakery. :-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was wonderful! I added a little bit extra on the buttermilk, and it was a sticky mess, but dusting with the flour and rolling into a ball worked fine. I couldn't find currents at the store so I used 1/2 cup golden raisins. LOVED it. My husband is a picky eater and he thought it was great but wished I had the currents (will use them next time). The orange zest is crucial to flavor, don't omit or substitute that. It makes a HUGE loaf, so I will cut recipe in half next time, but we will definitely make it again. Keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made it for St. Patrick's Day to go with the corned beef and cabbage. Delicious!!! Will definitely make it again! I used raisins instead of currants - if you don't have time to go out and find the dried currants, raisins will work. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Best Irish Soda Bread I've ever made. My husband said it was better than his Irish grandmothers! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not sure what went wrong. Had to make my own buttermilk with regular milk and vinegar. It came out of mixer a wet gloopy mess. Couldn't form into a loaf, but poured it into a loaf pan, and it came out very tasty. Would like to have formed it on the sheet pan like Ina did. Any advice? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't have any buttermilk (and neither did my supermarket!) and I forgot to buy oranges... So I added the juice of a lemon to 1.5 cups of 2% milk and allowed it to sit for 5 mins until it curdled. I had a mixture of assorted dried fruit for fruitcake, which includes some candied orange and lemon so I substituted that for the currants. Also, all the Irish Soda Bread that I have ever eaten was always made of Stone Ground Flour, so I substituted 2 cups of stoneground flour for 2 cups of all-purpose flour. It looks awesome... It's still too hot to cut into, but I have high hopes! Looking forward... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Came out as pictured! Easy yet sticky, and very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!! Came out perfect - great addition to our corned beef and cabbage St. Paddy's Day dinner! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Agreed, not the real Irish Soda Bread but delicious. I replaced 1 cup of flour with whole wheat flour and I threw the currants at the beginning with the flour when mixing with the butter. Came out perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This bread recipe is amazing and so easy. It doesn't matter if it is not authentic Irish. It tastes way better than the traditional Irish bread. I changed it up by using 1 tsp of pure Stevia instead of sugar and cruising instead of currants. Yummy! Ina, you are my cooking hero! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Ina, but this is NOT Irish Soda bread! It may tast good, but im giving it a low rating for the mislead.btw corned beef..... NOT Irish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nope, no orange zest in Soda Bread....but otherwise it's not a bad looking recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
One may debate whether or not this is traditional Irish Soda Bread, however, why waste the time as this bread is outstandingly delicious. I did not have currents so I used craisins instead and with the orange rind, it is sumptuous, especially with a nice organic butter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The bread is tasty, especially with soft butter. It is quite dense though and the crust came out a little hard... item not reviewed by moderator and published
While it may not be true Irish soda bread, it is delicious. Call it what you want to but bake it. for fcast2127 be sure you cut the X in the dough before baking. That should take care of the crack you get in your bread. Enjoy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
While it's a delicious loaf of bread it is NOT Irish Soda bread.. Barmbrack ~fruited tea cake but not true soda bread. True soda bread contains only 4 ingredients, flour, buttermilk, salt &amp; baking soda. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this Irish Soda Bread recipe last year using the currents instead of raisins because I had some currents in the pantry that needed to be used up. My family loved it! I will be making this recipe from now on! Thanks Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. It makes a pretty large loaf so, I'd like to make two smaller loaves. How long would I need to bake it? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Should I make any adjustments to this recipe for baking at 5,000 feet? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious, will definatly bake it again. Thank you Ina!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time making Irish Soda bread after watching Ina make it the other day. I could not find currants, so I used craisins and added a smidge more orange zest because I love the taste. It came out lovely !! Would make it again and have now put this recipe in my "fav" recipe book. Thank you Ina !! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We love it but my bread always develops a horizontal crack through the middle. Any ideas why this would happen? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an awesome recipe and so easy to modify to suit your taste. I tried the version exactly as written the first time and only changed currents to raisins and it was a wonderful addition to my St.Patricks Day table! Next time I added more orange zest and doubled the dried fruit to 1 Cup raisins and 1 Cup dried cranberries. Also added a little more salt. Next time I doubled the recipe and both loafs turned out perfect! Thanks Ina!! Love your show and am working on collecting all of your recipe books! You are awesome!!! Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Moist and dense, and just the right amount of sweetness. While the original recipe is great, I've also tried it without the orange zest and with golden raisins instead of currants -- still scrumptious. Since the recipe called for 45-55 minutes in the oven, I tested it after 45 minutes and it was perfectly done. Another great recipe from Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Disppointingly Dry. I used two large eggs, as someone else suggested in place of 1 extra large (which I did not have. Other than that, I followed the recipe. What happened? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made it for St Patrick's day every one loved it. The left over which wasn't much toasted the next morning yum. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Decent but fairly dry. Maybe I'm biased by a wife from an Irish family, but this year she decided to make this recipe for Irish soda bread. The initial taste was good, but required a substantial amount of butter to keep palatable. Better than the type of soda bread you can find in the grocery in Georgia, but not the best of the Emerald Isle. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a wonderful bread recipe. My husband just loved it. And my neighbors asked me what I was baking, because it smelled so good. You will enjoy this bread with just about anything. It is a heavy bread but so tasty. And easy to make. This is my go to recipe for homemade bread. item not reviewed by moderator and published
just pulled this out of the oven &amp; I'm in heaven can't wait for my kids to get home from school. I'm going to be making this again for sure... item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best Irish Soda Bread I ever made! It was also very easy to prepare. Wonderful texture and lovely subtle orange taste! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow, sooo easy and sooo good : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Once again Ina has given us a recipe that not only works but is a joy to make and eat! Easy, simple, tasty and perfect--cant make a mistake with this one. I made it for St. Patty's Day for all of my in laws, one loaf for each of three families and received rave reviews from all. I tweaked it slightly by using golden currants instead of plain ones. Was a little leery of buttermilk--no yeast, but never fear, Ina is here. Even my mother-in-law (who is ultra traditional loved it and the orange zest puts it over the top! Thnx Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Terrific--it will make a soda bread lover of anyone. It also worked when i used half whole wheat flour. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't particularly even like Irish Soda Bread but this one is Great! My husband is a baker by trade and he suggested I brush the top with canola oil and sprinkle sugar on it. It does kick it up a notch. I also added just a little caraway seed....tradition... I will make this again!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm always in the market for a good quick bread recipe, and this one was great. Not too sweet, with a subtle orange flavor. It did take a little longer to cook than the recipe said -- closer to 60 minutes. This bread is very dense and moist. It did have a very thick crust on it -- maybe that's okay, or I may have incorporated too much flour when kneading the dough -- but I don't think it detracted from the taste. This is excellent when served warm with butter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is a keeper and one I keep going back to time and time again! It has ALWAYS turned out lovely and I like serving this when I fix a big brunch when we have overnight house guest! Simply delicious!!! Thanks Ina!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty! Everyone loved it for St Patrick's Day. Couldn't find currants at my grocery store so used dried cranberries and worked quite well, maybe even a bit sweeter than with currants? I really liked it slightly toasted with honey and makes great French toast the next morning. Easy to make, will definitely try it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a good bread and reminded me of my family's Irish soda bread, but it wasn't quite sweet enough for me. I did like using the currants more than regular raisins. I will make it again but add more sugar and butter. It was very easy and was actually my first home made bread! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Unbelievable! I didn't think this would be that exciting, but it was so delicious. Very easy to make. House smelled wonderful, kids loved it and husband was happy. Will make again and again. Warm with butter is the way to go my hank you, Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for St. Patrick's Day, and it was delicious! It was VERY wet when I "shaped" it into a loaf. I was a little worried, but it came out perfect!! So yummy. I will definitely make it again at any time of the year. I followed the recipe exactly and used the zest of one medium navel orange and used raisins instead of currants (not sure how big of a difference they are item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Ina's recipes. This one is no different, everyone loved it. I was concerned when my dough didn't come out sticky. Maybe Because I made my buttermilk (lemon juice and milk . When I baked it it took almost an hour . Next time I will divide the dough so it does not take so long to bake. I Did use cranberries instead of currents and I added Caraway seed. This recipe is very easy to follow. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this recipe exclusively for Irish Soda Bread. It comes out perfectly. I've even figured out that 560 grams of A-P flour is my four cups. Yes, batter is sticky, but that's b/c dry batter yields dry bread. This is moist and delish. Flour your hands and show the dough who's boss--form it on the baking sheet and don't fret. It looks somewhat shaggy at first, but it springs up and fills out in the oven. Good toasted and buttered. SO simple &amp; fast to make, no yeast, no rising...moist and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wanted to try Irish Soda bread for St. Patrick's Day so I thought I would try this recipe. I have Ina's cookbook that contains this recipe. It was fantastic! Very easy to make, very good flavor.I found the Sun Maid currants at a local grocery store. I served this along with Shepherd's Pie for dinner. Great lightly toasted with butter. Will be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic soda bread recipe! First time I've made soda bread, and mine turned out beautiful and delicious even though I didn't cut the cross into the top of the bread. Everyone loved it. Next time I'll substitute chopped dried apricots and grated lemon peel for a springtime twist...hmm maybe for Easter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Brought this to a potluck Irish-Polish dinner and everyone said it was the best Irish Soda bread they ever had. I did add 1 tsp. baking powder and 2 tbsp. caraway seed, so it would be authentic. The bread was very wet, and I had to use quite of bit of flour to manage it before placing on the pan. Mine also came out not as high as shown, and I am wondering if 1/4 or 1/2 cup less buttermilk might do the trick? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can only echo ... word for word the three prior reviews. I, too, have been making soda bread for quite some time. Made three different recipes yesterday. This was far and away the better. "Delicious" "Easy" and I too added caraway. I did have one problem. The dough was so moist that the bread was less of a boule shape and flatter than I wanted. Suggestions? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!!! I was really, really, reallllly worried because my dough was so wet that it looked more like a blob than a loaf. However, the magic that happened in the oven is amazing. It came out perfectly risen with the most amazing flavor. I will come back to this recipe every year now. Thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So, so easy! It was a big hit with my guests! Nice crust over fluffy bread. Not leaden like the Irish soda bread you get in stores. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been baking Irish soda bread for 15 years and this one is the Best! I made this today and followed the recipe exactly, however I added caraway seeds for a little extra taste. The orange rind makes the flavor pop. If you purchase a quart of buttermilk you can make two loaf of bread which it perfect as I always had left over in the past and it just sat in the fridge. The texture was so light and fluffy and soft you just cannot stop eating it. Everyone at our dinner loved it and could not get enough. I will only use this recipe from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been making this particular recipe for years - it turns out perfect every time! The only thing I change up is the dried fruits to whatever I happen to have in my pantry ... dried blueberries, craisins, raisins, apricots ... I read some concerns over the dough texture - yes, it's a moist dough, but I throw it down onto a 1/8 cup floured Silpat mat, sprinkle a bit of flour over the surface, give it about 8-10 kneading turns, and set it onto another Silpat mat on a jelly roll pan and into the oven .... mmmmmm, GOOD! *p.s. - I won't give any credit to a review that changes the recipe (ingredients and technique and then gives it 1 star* item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty, but have to watch the video first if this is your first time. Very wet dough and you have to work fast. I didn't the first time and over mixed it and it was even more difficult to work with. After watching the video, I followed it exactly as she did and it was easier to work with. Both tasted great though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I read the reviews about this not being authentic, etc. Having never had Irish soda bread before, I have nothing to compare it to. All I can say is this was delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I lost my original recipe and tried Ina's. Absolutely delicious. It was simple and ingredients were easy to get. I did however add 5 tablespoons of sugar. Definitely a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last week and found the dough way too wet. It poured into the cast iron pan like a very thick cake batter. We didn't like it and don't know what I did wrong. I've made many Irish Breads in my life but this was nothing like the previous ones and I won't make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this recipe and it is in the oven right now. I am a bit concerned about how wet the dough was. The recipe calls for turning out onto a "well floured" board. It would be better to get a description of how wet the dough will be after doing so. I found it to be very sticky and wasn't sure if I should add more flour. I didn't and it was seriously messy. I hope it tastes good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is yum. I have making this recipe for years. I will not make any other. Pattys tradition. Easy item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the first time I have tried making Irish Soda Bread. I have always bought it from the store. Never again! This bread was the easiest to make! Once the bread had cooled a little but, still warm, I cut a piece. It was the most delicious bread I have ever eaten. This will be my go to recipe from now on. Ina did not disappoint again. Her recipes are awesome. Thanks Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Extremely easy to make Ian's very flavorful. This recipe is as advertised and turned our perfectly. I do not know how anyone could screw this up.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made many an Irish soda bread and this was my first failure. Followed the recipe exactly but ended up with what would be better suited as a door stop or boat anchor. It was not over-mixed either. Also, it lacked flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am only giving it 3 stars because I made a mistake. I forgot to add the butter when the recipe called for it and added it in after the liquid ingredients. It looked beautiful but I thought this was too bland. It needed more sugar and it also was very gummy. But that could hgave been my fault. I'll try it again adding the ingredients in the correct order next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty! I have made soda breads in the past and haven't cared for them. I only made this one because of the St. Patrick's Day tradition. It was excellent! I will definitely make it again. The only change was that I substituted raisins for currants. item not reviewed by moderator and published
EXCELLENT! As others have said, this is not the traditional ISB, but it's soda bread and it's delicious. The only modification for me was that I cut the dough in half so I could keep one and give the other to a neighbor. It worked great and the recipient will be VERY happy. I loved the hint of orange and will add even more zest next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ina is a food GOD! My family members and I have all made Ina's recipes for years and they all taste great!!! We all have every book she writes and I recommend anyone who wants to eat great comfort food explained by a pro should do the same. I too use raisins instead of currents but no caraway seeds since most of my family and guests don't care for them especially the kids!!! This Irish bread toasted with butter and a cup of coffee is heaven for me in the morning! This is Irish soda bread, not "sweet Soda bread", its flavor and texture speaks for itself! Thank you Ina for all the years you brought joy and smiles to my family and friends!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe should not be called IRISH Soda Bread. While it is a tasty bread and it does have soda in it; it is missing the caraway seed typical of IRISH Soda Bread. This recipe should be called Sweet Soda Bread. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Missing caraway seeds. Taste good, but just not the same without the seeds. I love Ina as many of people I know do. Greatest Cook on TV! My daughter sent me one of Ina's cookbooks for my 71st birthday this year. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love baking bread but sometimes don't have the time for rising and waiting. This recipe however is just as good (if not better than a risen bread. It's so easy, so quick and sooo tasty!! I prefer raisins than currents, so always add those iinstead. Grated orange rind added to the batter adds just the right amount of lightness to this recipe. Definitely one to make again and again, and not just for St. Patrick's Day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made a test loaf of this in hopes it would be good enough for St. Patty's Day and it will definitely be made again. It had a good texture, the currants were tasty and the texture was close to perfect (I like it a bit crumbly - which it got the next day. I will be making 5 of these for my party this year. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I guess if this is authentic Irish soda bread, then I just don't like authentic Irish soda bread. I found it bland and with a strange texture: too gritty to be cake and not chewy enough to be bread. I have half a dozen quick bread recipes that turn out a far better end product with less work (no stand mixer and floured surface to clean up afterwards and no kneading at all. I bake muffins and bread (both quick and yeast several times a week and won't bother with this one again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent! So good with the currants and zest. I didn't slit the top of mine deep enough so it took a long time for the inside to cook. I read on another site that you slit the top to allow it to cook the middle part - so true. My husband's from Dublin and he loved this bread! Super quick and easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This bread was great..the dough was very sticky...just make sure you put a lot of flour on your surface. I'll make this again very soon!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
For those that the dough was too sticky, I have found that if I use low fat buttermilk you don't need as much. This could be the problem. Maybe on one of Ina's shows, buttermilk will be discussed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and easy. I didn't have currants so used dried cranberries which were delicious with the orange peel. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple and delicious. This was my kids' first experience with currants. They were skeptical, but now this is a bread they look forward to having on the table. This makes a really BIG loaf, so I usually cut the recipe in half. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just out of the oven and I can't help but break off a piece! Nice that it is a quick and easy way to have bread with a meal. Not having to wait for the dough to rise makes it FAST. I added roasted garlic to the dough and it is soooo good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Another great one from Ina! This is so easy and yummy. My husband loved it. We had it the first night with Irish Stew, but it goes well with any soup or stew. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe! I used dried cranberries instead of the currents, and used 1 tablespoon of orange zest instead of 1 teaspoon. I have had rave reviews. I have also used raisins instead of currants too. It's not that I don't like currants, I just never have any on hand and don't think about it when I'm at the grocery store. I like the idea of the savory version and will try that too. Also, I divide in to 3 medium size loaves to sell at our local farmers market. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh the whipped orange butter sounds like it would send this recipe over the top!  I will try that next time! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yeah. Never accidentally mix baking soda and vinegar in a recipe. Your leavening was expended before it could raise the dough and your gluten got over-developed. It's fun to eat the mistakes, though. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
no raisins? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Raisins are not indigenous to Ireland and were added later when the recipe was brought to this country. Also, the baking method used here is not traditional either. Real Irish soda bread (which only contains the 4 ingredients Debora lists) was baked in a covered pot. What I do is use two layer cake pans. Put the rounded loaf in one pan and invert the other over the top as a lid. The baking method is key to the taste of the bread. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree...my parents are from Ireland, and we lived there for 5 years. She makes hers with raisins sometimes - and they call it Spotted Dick, but I prefer it plain. Sounds like a good recipe, but more like a fruited tea cake, as you say. :-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yes, I live in Reno, NV and we're slightly over 5,000 ft. Just start checking it for doneness at the 45 minute mark and about every 5 to 10 minutes keep checking until it is the level of readiness you like and then remove it from the oven to cool on a cookie rack or cookie sheet! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Make an X on the top of the bread and it will stop it from cracking item not reviewed by moderator and published

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