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Sourdough Irish Soda Bread
Sourdough Irish Soda Bread is a super tasty bread made with sourdough starter, buttermilk, currants and orange zest. If you aren’t able to find currants in your area, substitute raisins or dried cranberries. You can also purchase currants online at Nuts.com
Soda bread is a quick bread that is leavened with baking soda combined with an acid ingredient, usually buttermilk. Irish Soda Bread is the best known of this genre.
Quick Breads are breads that are quick to make because it doesn’t require kneading or rising time. That’s because the leavener in quick bread is usually baking powder or baking soda, which when combined with moisture, starts the rising process immediately.
- 4 cups
- 1/3 cup
- 1 teaspoon
- 1 teaspoon
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick)
cold butter, cut into small pieces
- 1/2 cup
- zest from
one large orange
- 1 cup
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons
- Preheat oven to 375º Spray a sheet pan with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter until texture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the currants and orange zest. Set aside.
- With a fork, beat sourdough starter and buttermilk together in a separate bowl. Slowly add the sourdough/buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until combined. The dough will be wet.
- Dump the dough out onto a well-floured surface and with floured hands, knead it a few times. Form into a round loaf. Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan, brush with egg wash if desired and lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean or when you tap the loaf it will have a hollow sound. Let cool on a wire rack.
- Serve warm with butter, jam and/or honey.