Currant-Orange Irish Soda Bread


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!

Currant-Orange Irish Soda Bread
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
1 loaf


  • 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

  • cup currants

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • ¾ cup buttermilk


  1. 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.

  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

129 Calories
4g Fat
21g Carbs
3g Protein
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.

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