Irish Soda Bread


Start at the beginning, right?

This is one of those recipes we had as kids.  A few years after we moved to Seattle, we settled in a neighborhood next to a woman from Ireland who gave us this recipe.  We’ve been making it for over 20 years!

I’ve been seeing people make their soda bread on a baking sheet versus a bread pan – maybe that’s traditional? – but I always put mine in a bread pan so it puffs up tall and fluffy.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 Tb sugar
  • 3 Tb baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tb melted butter
  • 1-1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup currants

Preheat oven to 375°.  Grease & flour your bread pan (or non-stick baking spray, my savior).  Mix dry ingredients (except for currants), mix wet ingredients, then combine and mix until fully incorporated.  Fold in currants.

Put in your bread pan and bake for 45-50 minutes.



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