Recipes and Cooking Currant-Orange Irish Soda Bread 4.1 (42) 1 Review Ireland's famous freckled quickbread is expected on St. Patrick's Day, but the plump currants and orange zest in this loaf make it wonderful for year around baking. Sliced soda bread makes wonderful toast -- give it a try! By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on June 14, 2011 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Blaine Moats Prep Time: 20 mins Bake Time: 30 mins Total Time: 50 mins Servings: 12 Yield: 1 loaf Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 2 cup all-purpose flour 1 - 2 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon finely shredded orange peel 3 tablespoon butter ⅓ cup currants 1 egg, lightly beaten ¾ cup buttermilk Directions Preheat oven to 375°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. In a small mixing bowl combine egg and buttermilk. Add all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. On a lightly floured surface gently knead dough to form a dough (about 4 or 5 times). Shape into a 7-inch round loaf. 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. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 129 Calories 4g Fat 21g Carbs 3g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 12 Calories 129 % Daily Value * Total Fat 4g 5% Saturated Fat 2g 10% Cholesterol 26mg 9% Sodium 192mg 8% Total Carbohydrate 21g 8% Total Sugars 5g Protein 3g Vitamin C 1.2mg 6% Calcium 30.3mg 2% Iron 1.3mg 7% Potassium 89mg 2% Folate, total 40.3mcg Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.