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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Irish Soda Bread

I am very excited to be joining my friend Lynn, at Happier Than a Pig in Mud, this week for her first Celebrity Chef of the Month Party.  This month's celebrity chef is Ina Garten, AKA Barefoot Contessa.  In keeping with our Irish theme, I tested Ina's recipe for Irish Soda Bread.
Irish Soda Bread is perfect paired with Corned Beef and Cabbage or Irish Stew.  It is a very dense and rustic bread, making it ideal for dipping into the broth of these two dishes. 
Ina Garten's Irish Soda Bread
4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for currants
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk, shaken
1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 cup dried currants

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour.

With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together in a measuring cup. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Combine the currants with 1 tablespoon of flour and mix into the dough. It will be very wet.

Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf. Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan and lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. When you tap the loaf, it will have a hollow sound.

Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.



  1. She has such delicious recipes. This looks yummy too.

  2. I just love her soft sweet demure presentation on her show.

    Happy St. Paddy's Day ~
    TTFN ~


  3. It turned out great La! No doubt the house smelled great and everyone ate very well! Thanks so much for joining the Cook-Along:@)

  4. Your Irish Soda Bread looks so good. We have to have it on St Patricks Day. Thank you for sharing such a lovely party.

  5. Looks super yummy. Bread is my downfall.

  6. The Irish soda bread looks delicious with the addition of the orange zest. I will try it--thanks for posting it. Linda

  7. Soda bread and Irish stew. What more did you need? Looks delish!

  8. That Irish Soda Bread looks wonderful. How can you go wrong with Ina?

  9. I never added orange zest to my Irish soda bread ..I'll have to try that! Thanks for posting this Ina recipe, la!

  10. Funny I was never aware of St Patricks day before I started blogging. Now I am thinking of wearing green on that day and baking soda bread. I'll save this recipe and who knows maybe next year....

  11. The first time I ate soda bread was in a pub in Dublin, whilst watching the Irish grand National. I have never eaten it as good as that since!


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