Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

Ready in 45 minutes

I wanted to duplicate Panera's Irish Soda Bread and sought high and low to try to do it. This recipe comes from the Grand Central Bakery in Portland,Oregon. I added more currants and sifted powdered sugar on top. It's delicious!

"Very flavorful! Didn't use caraway seeds induced homemade candied orange rinds instead of orange zest. Also no powdered sugar. Baked a few minutes longer"

- dixiedistler

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4 cups All purpose flour
1/3 cup Granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
2 1/4 teaspoons Caraway Seeds
1 1/2 Tablespoons Orange Zest; finely chopped
1 1/2 cups Currants
3/4 cup Unsalted Butter; cold
1 cup & 2 Tablespoons Buttermilk
Egg Wash
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar

Original recipe makes 16 Servings



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Measure the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a bowl with high sides or the bowl of stand mixer and whisk to combine. Stir in the caraway seeds, orange zest and currants.

Dice the butter into 1/2 inch cubes. Use your hands or the paddle attachment of the stand mixer on low speed to blend the butter into dry ingredients until the texture becomes mealy. If you want to finish baking the soda bread the next day, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill overnight, otherwise proceed with the recipe.

Add 3/4 cup of the buttermilk at once, mixing just until the dough comes together, 30-35 seconds. Scrape the bottom and the sides to incorporate dry ingredients, then stir in enough buttermilk to bring the dough together. You may have buttermilk left over. Try not to over handle the dough. Just enough to incorporate the dry ingredients.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide it into 2 chunks. Gently shape the chunks into domed disks and score each one into quarters. (I made 2 elongated loaves with a single score down the middle.) Place on the prepared baking sheet and brush liberally with the egg wash (1 egg, 1 Tablespoons water, and pinch of salt whisked all together).

Bake for 30-35 minutes rotating the pan half way through the baking time. The soda bread should be shiny and golden brown. When cool sprinkle powdered sugar on top.


I like to serve this with honey butter.


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Very flavorful! Didn't use caraway seeds induced homemade candied orange rinds instead of orange zest. Also no powdered sugar. Baked a few minutes longer
dixiedistler 1 month ago
Awesome recipe. You need to work a little to form the loaves, but so yummy!
Postmastermom 1 year ago
Wow! Just like my mom used to make - brought back so many memories! Very tasty and easy to make.
bdegalli 1 year ago
Very good- I like the touch of orange. Freezes well
mcnallyma 2 years ago
Delicious flavor. I posted this
Loshebo 2 years ago
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