Print Options:

American Irish Soda Bread Recipe: A Perfect Blend of Tradition and Taste

Difficulty Beginner
Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 60 min Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 1
Calories 214 kcal
Best Season Winter

Indulge in the fusion of flavors and textures that American Irish Soda Bread Recipe brings to your table

To prepare this American Irish Soda Bread Recipe, gather the following ingredients:
  • 3 (340g) cups Pastry Flour Blend (or 3 cups (360g) Unbleached All-Purpose Flour)
  • 1 tablespoon Baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoons Salt
  • 1/2 (120g) cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 (128g) cup Currants (or Rasin)
  • 1 tablespoon Caraway seeds (optional)
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 3/4 (397g) cup Buttermilk
  • 4 (57g) tablespoons Butter, melted
  • Topping:
  • 1 (14g) tablespoon Milk
  • 1 (14g) tablespoon Coarse sparkling sugar
Instructions for Baking Perfection
    Follow these steps to create a delectable loaf of American Irish Soda Bread:
  1. Preheat and Prepare:

    Begin by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C). Lightly grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan to prevent sticking.

  2. Blend Dry Ingredients:

    In a large bowl, combine the pastry blend or flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, currants, and caraway seeds (if using). Mix the dry ingredients together until well combined.

  3. Whisk Wet Ingredients:

    In a separate bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the egg and buttermilk until smooth. If you don't have buttermilk on hand, you can easily make a substitute by combining 1 cup of milk with 3/4 cup of plain or vanilla yogurt.

  4. Combine Wet and Dry:

    Gently and quickly stir the wet ingredients into the bowl containing the dry ingredients. Make sure not to overmix; a few lumps are perfectly fine.

  5. Incorporate Melted Butter:

    Stir in the melted butter to add richness and flavor to the dough.

  6. Fill the Pan:

    Spoon the batter into the prepared loaf pan. To prevent the milk from running down the sides, create a "moat" around the edges by lightly drawing your finger along the edge of the pan.

  7. Add Topping:

    Drizzle the top of the bread with the tablespoon of milk, and then sprinkle the coarse sparkling sugar over it. This will give your bread a delightful sugary crunch.

  8. Bake to Perfection:

    Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for about 50 minutes to 1 hour. To ensure it's fully baked, insert a cake tester into the center; it should come out clean. The interior temperature of the bread should measure between 200°F to 210°F (93°C to 99°C) when checked with an instant-read thermometer.

  9. Cool and Enjoy:

    Once baked, remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes. Then, gently turn it out onto a cooling rack to cool completely. This step is crucial for maintaining the bread's texture and ensuring it's easy to slice.

  10. Savor the Flavor:

    After the bread has cooled completely, slice it into thick, hearty pieces. Each bite offers a balance of sweetness from the currants and sugar crust, combined with the satisfying chewiness of the bread itself. For the best flavor, store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 slice (41g)

Servings 18

Amount Per Serving
Calories 100kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.5g3%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 200mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 19g7%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 3g6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Tips for Baking Success

  1. For a traditional touch, include the caraway seeds; they add a unique flavor that compliments the sweetness of the bread.
  2. If buttermilk is not available, the milk and yogurt substitute works perfectly and maintains the bread's moisture.
  3. Creating a "moat" around the edges before adding the milk topping prevents it from dripping down the sides of the loaf during baking.
  4. Use an instant-read thermometer to ensure the interior of the bread reaches the recommended temperature range for perfect doneness.
  5. Allow the bread to cool completely before slicing to achieve clean, neat slices and preserve its texture.
  6. Customize with Nuts and Seeds: Get creative with your add-ins by incorporating a mix of chopped nuts and seeds. Walnuts, almonds, or sunflower seeds can add a delightful crunch and nutty flavor to the bread. Experiment with different combinations to find your perfect blend.
  7. Play with Citrus Zest: Elevate the flavor profile of your soda bread by incorporating the zest of an orange or lemon. Citrus zest adds a refreshing aroma and a hint of brightness that complements the sweetness of the currants and sugar crust.
  8. Prevent Overmixing: When combining the wet and dry ingredients, remember to gently fold them together until just combined. Overmixing can lead to a dense and tough texture in the finished bread. A few lumps in the batter are absolutely fine and will result in a tender crumb.

Indulge in the fusion of flavors and textures that American Irish Soda Bread Recipe brings to your table. This recipe pays homage to the traditional Irish soda bread while satisfying American palates with its touch of sweetness and charming sugar crust. With straightforward instructions and a few handy tips, you'll be able to create a homemade loaf that's sure to impress your family and friends. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and embark on a delightful baking journey that blends Irish tradition with American taste.

Keywords: home made, milk, gluten free