Perfect Irish Soda Bread

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Here’s a super easy and incredibly delicious Irish Soda Bread recipe. Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon tea.

Ingredients 

Yields: 8-12 pieces

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour, spooned and leveled off (plus more for your hands and counter)
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar or granulated sugar, packed and leveled off
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk, shaken 
  • 1 cup raisins or currants toss in 1 tablespoon of flour 
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • Zest of 1 orange, optional
  • 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado raw sugar for topping

How to Make Irish Soda Bread

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.

Add the butter and mix at low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour. In a measuring cup, lightly beat together the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest if using. With the mixer at low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture.

Combine the raisins with one tablespoon of flour and mix them 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, the Irish Soda Bread for 45 to 55 minutes or until the interior, reaches 180° degree F on an instant-read thermometer or insert a long, thin skewer into the center. If it comes out clean, it’s done. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack. Cool on a baking rack. Serve the Irish Soda Bread  warm or at room temperature.

Notes:

*If the top of the Irish Soda Bread is getting too dark while baking, tent the bread with some aluminum foil.

*Any dried fruits or an assortment of different varieties will work for this recipe

*Do not over-knead or add too much flour, or else you will end up with dry, hard bread.

* Here’s a cool trick, when you tap the Irish Soda Bread, it will have a hollow sound when it is ready.

*If you don’t have buttermilk, mix four tablespoons of fresh lemon juice or white vinegar with 400 ml of milk, stir and leave to sit for 5 minutes.

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