Irish Soda Bread
Irish soda bread has evolved to include many interpretations, some more authentic than others. These beloved bread recipes range from traditional Irish soda bread to "spotted dog" versions made with raisins and cake-like treats laced with orange zest.
For a whole wheat version of this classic quick bread, substitute 1 cup whole wheat flour for 1 cup of the all-purpose flour.
Traditionally, Irish bakers made this classic, sweet quick bread in white or brown loaves. Our recipe is for brown bread.
Add a little interest to traditional soda bread by stirring in orange peel and currants. Bake until golden and serve as a warm appetizer or side.
Ireland's famous freckled quickbread is expected on St. Patrick's Day, but the plump currants and orange zest in this loaf make it wonderful for year around baking. Sliced soda bread makes wonderful toast -- give it a try!