Irish Soda Bread

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Prep time: 2 hoursCooking time: 30 minutesTotal time: 2 1/2 hours


This soda bread has a nice, crusty exterior that comes from the extra flour and a soft, slightly sweet inside.


3 cups
flour, all-purpose
1 cup
oats, quick
1 teaspoon
1 tablespoon
baking powder
1 teaspoon
baking soda
4 tablespoons
1/4 cup
maple syrup
3/4 cup
1 pinch
caraway seeds


Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9” pie plate.
Combine all-purpose flour with the quick oats, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. Stir well. Cut in 4 Tbs. butter until butter is coated with flour and in pea-sized pieces.

In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, maple syrup, and eggs. Beat slightly. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Add currants and optional caraway seeds.
Sprinkle flour on a wooden cutting board and turn dough onto board. Knead gently 10 times, until the dough is well-dusted with flour.

Form into a round and turn onto the greased pie plate. Cut a cross in the center, about 3” long and 1” deep.

Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack before slicing.