Irish Soda Bread

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This came out of the Holy Ghost Church Cookbook in Tiverton, Rhode Island. It’s not St. Patrick’s Day if I don’t make a few loafs.


1 loaf


2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons caraway seed (optional)
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup softened currants (or raisins)


In a large bowl mix together first four ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together next four ingredients.

Add wet mixture to dry mixture, then mix in currants. Pour into a greased pie dish. Slice a cross on the top of the batter. Top with a little butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

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Followed the recipe exactly.

Followed the recipe exactly. Flavor was good but sweeter than I prefer. It was more of a breakfast bread than something I would serve with soup or stew. It also turned out quite flat. Was hoping for something with a bit more "substance". Next time will try reducing the sugar and baking it in a 6-inch cast iron skillet instead of a pie dish.