With St Patrick’s Day coming up, you might just have Irish Soda Bread on your mind. Of course, this time of year it’s easy enough to pick up a premade loaf at the grocery store, or even direct to your mailbox from Amazon groceries.
But you can always make your own fresh loaf of soda bread at home and you can experiment with the filling ingredients a bit to find the combination you like best, currants or raisins, raisins or crazins, so on and so forth….
Note: This recipe is not gluten free.
- 4 tablespoons sweet butter, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups buttermilk
- 1 cup currants
- Heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a cookie sheet and set it aside. Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl. Beat it to combine it and then add the eggs, one at a time, being sure to beat well after each one.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Alternate adding some of the flour mixture and then buttermilk to the first bowl, beating well each time something is added. When all of the buttermilk and flour mixture are incorporated, stir in the currants.
- Knead the mixture on a generously floured surface. Continue to knead for about four minutes or until the dough is smooth and not sticky. You can add more flour if needed.
- Create a 7 1/2 inch round from the dough. Move it to the prepared cookie sheet and then cut a shallow X in the top of the loaf. This will bake for approximately 1 hour 10 minutes.
- You can tap the loaf to check if it's ready... It is ready when it makes a hollow sound when tapped. When it is finished cooking, move it to a rack and allow it to cool completely before it is sliced.
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