Irish Soda Bread

This Irish Soda Bread is delicious! Don’t let the “bread” scare you off! It is a no-yeast sweet bread! 

This is from a post I did in 2017

I have never made Irish Soda Bread before & that has been a mistake! It is so good! I ate it warm from the oven with butter, that melted into it…& today I am eating it toasted with peanut butter!

The recipe I chose to make was from  

This is not a yeasted bread. It is dense & hearty. Nicely sweetened from the currants that are studded throughout this bread. I am going to cut it up, put it in the freezer so that I have it for a while!  I didn’t have all of  the ingredients exactly as the recipe called for so I used what I had in the house. The recipe calls for buttermilk but I never have that so made my own.

I used my food processor to mix this up but you can uses a stand mixer or mix by hand if you want! 

As usual, I will put the link to the original recipe here.

Here is how I made this

Irish Soda Bread  (adapted from


2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 1/4 cup bread flour

3 tbsp sugar

1 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

2/3 cup currants

1 1/3 cup buttermilk *** I put regular milk into a measuring cup, just short of 1 1/3 cups, then I added 1 1/4 tsp of vinegar, gave it a stir & let it sit until needed  ***the ‘formula’ for making a substitute for buttermilk is: 1 cup milk/1 tsp vinegar or lemon juice. let stand for 5 -10 minutes 

1 large egg


Preheat oven to 400f

Grease a 8″ or 9″ round cake pan ***I buttered the pan I used but you can spray it with non-stick spray or grease the pan  however you like! I used a light coloured cake pan

***I used my food processor to mix this together

  1. In the bowl of your food processor, put the flours, sugar, baking soda & salt. Pulse for a few seconds to mix the dry ingredients together
  2. Add the currants to the flour & pulse to distribute them throughout
  3. Put the egg into the ‘buttermilk” & whisk together so that the egg is beaten in there, or alternatively, beat the egg & add to the milk & stir
  4. With the food processor running, pour the milk/egg mixture through the feed tube & process until combined & a soft dough is formed *** do not over processes. You don’t want this dough to become a ball of dough!
  5. Take the dough out of the food processor & put onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for a bit until the dough forms into a nice flat  ball.
  6. Put into the greased cake pan & flatten to fit the pan
  7. Using a sharp knife, cut an x into the top of the dough, cutting down about 1/2 inch
  8. Bake for 45 -60 minutes…Mine was done at 45 minutes


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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!

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