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Irish Soda Bread with Currants

Irish Soda Bread with Currants

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup currants, tart dried cherries or raisins
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk


  • Preheat oven to 375º F.

  • Spray a black cast-iron skillet with non-stick cooking spray.

    In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and currants. With a pastry knife, cut in the butter until small pea-sized balls form. Stir in the buttermilk and spoon the soft batter into the skillet. Cut a deep "X" in the dough and bake until browned on top, about 40 minutes. Turn the bread out onto a plate and serve.