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Irish Soda Bread

Recipe By Dia, Savory Spice—Bend, OR


1 loaf

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

50 Minutes

Recipe By Dia, Savory Spice—Bend, OR

This quick and easy Irish bread results in a deliciously moist and perfectly dense bread, ready for a generous spread of butter.

Serving Suggestions

Serve toasted alongside a cup of tea. Serve with sweet Honey Butter or savory Country Onion Herb Butter.


3 cups plus 1 tsp. all-purpose flour

1/4 cup white sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1/2 cup currants, raisins, or dried cranberries

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Fine Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

    This pink salt is believed to be quite possibly the most ancient of all sea salts. Dried up ancient oceans have left salt beds hundreds of feet dee...

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  • Dutch Caraway Seeds

    Dutch Caraway Seeds are most commonly used when baking rye or brown breads. Caraway seasoning has a sharp, stimulating aroma similar to the flavor ...

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  • Cracked Rosemary (Organically Sourced)

    Rosemary is an herb from the mint family and is the pine needle-like one-inch leaves off of a small evergreen shrub. It is native to the Mediterran...

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  • Parsley

    Parsley can be used either fresh or dried and brings a certain freshness to dishes that cannot be duplicated by any other herb. Parsley is most com...

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In a small bowl, combine 3 cups flour, sugar, baking soda, and Fine Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. With a pastry blender or a fork, cut butter into dry mixture until it resembles a coarse meal. Stir in dried fruit of choice, Dutch Caraway Seeds, Cracked Rosemary, and Parsley. Pour in buttermilk and mix until dough comes together. Knead for 30 seconds in the bowl. Turn dough out onto a heavily floured surface (dough will be very sticky) and knead another minute. Do not over-knead the dough. Shape into a round loaf and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle remaining 1 tsp. flour over top of the loaf. Cut a large "X" across the top of the loaf, approximately 1-inch deep. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 min., or until golden brown. Let cool before slicing.