Secret Recipe Club: Irish Soda Bread.

I’ve never been one of the cool kids (shocking, I know).  I was a Choir dork and a Band geek and I loved every second of it.  I loved being a part of these groups – meeting fun people and coming together to create something bigger than myself.  It’s gotten harder and harder in my adult life to find special interest groups such as those.  I really miss that time in my life.

So when I found the Secret Recipe Club last month, I jumped at the chance to sign up.  Here’s how it works:  Once joined, you are assigned another member’s blog.  This month, I was assigned The Tasty Cheapskate. You can choose any recipe from the site to make and blog on your own page, and then everyone who is participating reveals their assigned blog and chosen recipe at the same time on the same day.  This is my first time participating and I’m really looking forward to discovering some new blogs that I might not have gotten the chance to read before.

Like I said, I was assigned The Tasty Cheapskate blog.  The Tasty Cheapskate is written by Jean as she blogs her journey of feeding her family of 6 on the cheap!  I spent a good amount of time perusing Jean’s blog trying to decide which of her tasty recipes I would make.  It was hard to narrow it down to just one.

Ever since marrying into an Irish family, I’ve had quite an affinity for Irish soda bread.  It makes frequent appearances at family gatherings and I always help myself to more than I should.  My Mother in Law always buys her loaves from the local Irish bakery and I’d never made it before so when I saw that Jean had, not one but TWO, recipes for soda bread, I did a little happy dance and got to baking.

I made just a couple of additions to Jean’s recipe.  I added an egg to the batter in order to give the dough a bit more of a muffin-like consistency and some freshly grated orange zest for just a hint of a sweet citrusy bite.  The verdict?  I can’t wait to start replacing the store-bought variety I’m so used to with this incredibly easy, super tasty homemade loaf.

So, when’s the next family dinner, Mom?

  • Irish Soda Bread – slightly adapted from The Tasty Cheapskate
  • 4 Cups Flour
  • 4 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Cream of Tartar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Orange, zest only
  • 1 Cup Currants (or Raisins)

Preheat oven to 400.

In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.  Using your fingers, work in the butter until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.

Add the egg, buttermilk, currants and orange zest and mix until the dough just becomes cohesive.  Do not over mix, or your loaf will be very tough.

Form the dough into one or two rounds (depending on what size you want your loaf) and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Make an “X” in the top of your loaf (loaves).

Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.

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21 Responses to Secret Recipe Club: Irish Soda Bread.

  1. I’ve always wanted to try and make this bread but just haven’t gotten around to it. Yours looks delicious!

  2. That is some hearty looking bread! Delicious!!!

  3. This looks great! I really need to get over my fear of baking bread! Great to find your blog through the SRC!

  4. The bread looks great – good job.

    (and woo-hoo for band people :-)

  5. Your bread looks wonderful! If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my Group ‘A” ~ SRC recipe this month: Cilantro Lime Chicken

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

  6. Hi Jey–You have an awesome name. Glad you got the blog. I do have a soda bread obsession. I’ve tried it with raisins (love it, but my family doesn’t) and orange zest (really love that and the family does too).

  7. I saw your thumbnail in the hop this morning and immediately started craving soda bread. Alas, I have no dried fruit. Boo. :( You should send me a piece of yours because it looks amazing!

  8. I was so glad to have your blog for this months’ SRC! Again, as usual (I read so many of your posts haha!) your post does not disappoint! I’ve never tried Irish Soda Bread but I might just have to now.

  9. I’d love to make more homemade bread. Way to go! (and just FYI if you are looking for another FUN club to belong too.. I am starting a challenge on Sept 7th (see my blog for details: CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE)

    Anyhow, Thanks again for being a part of SRC and being a part of my first group, I enjoyed being your host! Now, I get to visit everyone’s blog, THIS IS THE FUN PART!

    If you haven’t already, come check out my Secret Recipe Club Post: Cucumber Salad http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/08/cucumber-salad-secret-recipe-club.html

    or my second post for the SRC Raspberry and Nutella Pizza
    http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/08/raspberry-nutella-pizza-secret-recipe.html

  10. Homemade bread really is so much better than anything you can purchase. This version sounds delicious!

  11. The bread looks wonderful..crusty and lovely!

  12. I love this recipe! Corned Beef, cabbage and soda bread please and thank you! :)

  13. I love soda bread! I’m enjoying visiting everyones SRC sites.

  14. Thanks for this recipe. Your pictures are great. I can’t wait to make this for my family.

  15. Looks great! SCR is turning out to be lots of fun — so many new recipes to try!

  16. I have Irish soda bread envy right now! The only one I ever made turned out AWFUL. Yours is perfect-great job!

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  18. This looks great! I made Irish Soda Bread for the first time this spring. :) Glad you are enjoying SRC!

  19. YUM! I’ve never made Irish Soda Bread, but have been wanting to. This is going to be the recipe I make for sure! Glad you are in SRC. Great pic, too!

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