seriously yummy soda bread

Yesterday was St. Patrick's Day so I made Irish soda bread.
AND. It was ridiculously yummy.
Here's how to make it:

(Snagged it at Better Homes and Gardens.)
2 cups all-purpose flour

1 - 2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon finely shredded orange peel (I used a tangerine)
3 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup currants (I used Craisins)
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup buttermilk

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet, set aside. In a large mixing bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and orange peel. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in currants. Make a well in the center of the mixture.
2. In a small mixing bowl combine egg and buttermilk. Add all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened.
3. On a lightly floured surface gently knead dough to form a dough (about 4 or 5 times). Shape into a 7-inch round loaf.
4. Transfer dough to prepared baking sheet. With a sharp knife, make 2 slashes across the top of the loaf to form an X, cutting all the way to the edge. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.




  1. Yumm. Looks good. I am not particularly fond of dried fruit or orange peel, but I had them in scones a few days ago, and I think I'm getting used to the idea.

    1. Thanks, Lidja! I've never been one for dried fruit in baked stuff either. But I really loved the Craisins in this. :-)


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