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Chef John's Irish Soda Bread

Rated as 4.64 out of 5 Stars
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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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Ingredients

1 h 45 m servings 195
Original recipe yields 16 servings (2 loaves)

Directions

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  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; 3.9 36 5.1 20 382 Full nutrition

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I have been wanting to try out this recipe ever since Chef John uploaded it to YouTube. I finally got around to making it a few evenings ago. This is my first time making bread and may I just sa...

Most helpful critical review

For my tastes it was somewhat dry but sliced and toasted with butter I would give it an additional star

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I have been wanting to try out this recipe ever since Chef John uploaded it to YouTube. I finally got around to making it a few evenings ago. This is my first time making bread and may I just sa...

Followed the directions exactly, and it had a great crunchy crust while remaining moist on the inside. Flavour-wise, it was the perfect balance of subtle sweetness with refreshing orange tangine...

For the all star Canada Cooks event I made Chef John's Irish Soda Bread using yogurt instead of buttermilk which made it very moist and delicious. I think this is a good bread to have at a lunch...

Someone should tell "kathy g" dried currants are black and life's too short to be so bitter. Great recipe John thanks!

I've been obsessed with Irish soda bread since getting some from a local bakery around St. Patty's. This recipe was outstanding, even with a few modifications. I love oats, so added an extra 1/...

This will be my go-to recipe for Irish Soda Bread. The orange zest is a wonderful addition! I used King Arthur's White Whole Wheat Flour in place of the all-purpose flour, and it worked great.

I don't bake much, just started making a few loaves of bread this year. And I don't recall eating Irish soda bread anywhere recently so I can't compare my creation to anybody else's. That said, ...

Great flavor and it was very moist. I made exactly as the recipe stated. The video was very helpful too.

First of all, what a surprising taste! Although it had raisins (no currents out here in rural America) it had an overall lovely, sweet taste. It was super easy to make and Chef John's suggestio...