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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.

prep:
30 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr 45 mins
additional:
30 mins
Servings:
16
Max Servings:
16
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Ingredients

Directions

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

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

194.78 calories; 5.11 g protein; 35.97 g carbohydrates; 3.87 g fat; 20.32 mg cholesterol; 381.73 mg sodium.Full Nutrition


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chezkourt
04/16/2015
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 say how simple it is to make! I got so excited seeing it rise in the oven... And boy when it came out of the oven and I tried a slice (after letting it cool of course) the flavor is unparalleled. My family and friends loved it...and with a bit of butter and jam...too delicious!! All I can say is that I won't be buying Irish soda bread from Whole Foods anymore...I'll be making my own!!! Please hurry and make this bread now! Your family and friends (as well as your own taste buds) will thank you later!
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Anonymous
03/22/2017
For my tastes it was somewhat dry but sliced and toasted with butter I would give it an additional star
74 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 55
  • 4 Rating Star 14
  • 3 Rating Star 3
  • 1 Rating Star 1
  • 2 Rating Star 1
chezkourt
04/16/2015
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 say how simple it is to make! I got so excited seeing it rise in the oven... And boy when it came out of the oven and I tried a slice (after letting it cool of course) the flavor is unparalleled. My family and friends loved it...and with a bit of butter and jam...too delicious!! All I can say is that I won't be buying Irish soda bread from Whole Foods anymore...I'll be making my own!!! Please hurry and make this bread now! Your family and friends (as well as your own taste buds) will thank you later!
(25)
Anonymous
06/07/2015
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 tanginess. A big hit with the fam!
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Cheerios
05/01/2015
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 luncheon or with tea. If you are looking for bread sweetened without sugar this is the one to try with honey and raisins for extra sweetness.
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hlrosborough
03/28/2016
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.
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hellno187
03/17/2017
Someone should tell "kathy g" dried currants are black and life's too short to be so bitter. Great recipe John thanks!
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Amanda SusieQ
03/31/2016
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 1/4 cup. I subtracted a 1/4 cup flour to keep the dry measures the same. I only used whole wheat flour not all-purpose for part. This created a lovely brown bread. I used fennel seeds in place of the orange zest and I highly recommend this. Finally I realized at the last moment that I didn't have parchment paper so I greased my cast iron skillet and made one large loaf. My husband and I already ate half with dinner!
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Number9
04/23/2015
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 this recipe came out marvelously! Took a lot of work because the dough is so wet and sticky getting it to set a little so I could handle it was a test of my patience. I didn't have buttermilk so I made my own as per Chef John's blog. But the work paid off because this is a great breakfast bread or perfect with afternoon tea/coffee. Warning; if you're late out of bed you'll likely find it already gone!
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monb
03/22/2017
Will definitely make this again. Really easy and much better than what I buy at the store.
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J. Crowell1
03/13/2016
I made this yesterday and it was so good I made it again today. Super easy and yummy. Who knew I could bake bread like this? Gave 2 loafs away to family members. They loved it! So different and not too sweet. I used lemon zest because that is what I had on hand. and used all yellow raisins. Perfect!
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