Chef John's Irish Soda Bread

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St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with a loaf or two of Irish soda bread? If made correctly, this is one of the best quick breads (those leavened without yeast) you'll ever have. Subtly sweet, with a light, tender crumb, and not at all dry. You can use quick-cooking oats in place of rolled oats, if desired.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup whole wheat flour

  • ¼ cup rolled oats

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • ¼ cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

  • 1 ¾ cups buttermilk

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tablespoons honey, or more to taste

  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest

  • 1 cup dried currants

  • cup golden raisins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.

  2. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture using a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal.

  3. Beat buttermilk, egg, honey, and orange zest together in a bowl. Pour buttermilk mixture, currants, and raisins into flour mixture; stir with a wooden spoon until a wet, sticky dough comes together.

  4. Turn dough out onto a well-floured work surface; press dough together into a soft ball of dough and cut into 2 pieces. Form each half into a smooth, round loaf. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and let rest for 15 minutes. Cut a 1/2-inch deep "X" into the top of each loaf with a serrated knife.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and fragrant, about 45 minutes. Transfer loaves to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

195 Calories
4g Fat
36g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 195
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 382mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 200mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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