Ina Garten’s Irish Soda Bread

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Do you watch The Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network? I record her shows on my DVR so I can enjoy watching them on my free time. Ina recently showed how to make Irish Soda Bread. I made it last weekend and my husband and I loved it! It goes great with Corned Beef and Cabbage. Instead of the currants in her recipe, I used baking raisins and I left out the orange zest. You can spread butter, jam, or cream cheese on a slice of this delicious bread. I highly recommend this recipe. It’s so easy to make. You knead it a few times and shape it (as shown below). There’s no yeast in the recipe so there’s no rising time involved. Here’s the link to her recipe for Irish Soda Bread.

The dough is very sticky, so sprinkle some flour over it so you can shape the dough without getting the dough stuck to your hands.

Cut an X in the dough with a serrated knife.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 – 55 minutes. Test with a tooth pick to make sure it’s cooked in the center. The tooth pick should come out dry. Isn’t she a beauty?


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    Tessa says

    Your loaf is gorgeous! I've always wanted to try making soda bread, and each year, St. Pattie's day passes me by before I get up the nerve. Maybe this is the year!

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    denise @ quickies on the dinner table says

    A beautiful loaf! Never tried making soda bread before, but this is so tempting!

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    Mary says

    Jane this looks wonderful. I've bookmarked the recipe. I love your blog and will be back to visit ofte. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    Diane {} says

    what a great blog you have, I love Irish soda bread and make it every year for St. Patrick'd day it's tradition in my family and everyone looks forward to it :) yours look delicious! I entered to win your cookbook from picky-palate and am now following you! I can't wait to see more of your blog.

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    Hoosier Homemade says

    I baked Irish Soda Bread for the first time this yr, I used Ina's recipe too, except I added dried cranberries instead of currants.
    We enjoyed it!

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    sarah myers says

    awesome recipe, my great grandma is from Dublin and would make soda bread with raisins or plain with caraway seeds. this is alot like her recipe. side note: do you know why they cut a cross in the middle? to keep the devil away.


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