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Blueberry Irish Soda Bread



  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 large orange, zested
  • 3 Tbsp. salted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk, plus 2 tbs for brushing dough before baking
  • Pinch of sea salt, before baking


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Sift flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar into a mixing bowl.
  3. Using the paddle attachment on your mixer, mix on medium-low.
  4. Add butter 1 tablespoon at a time until incorporated.
  5. Add zest and currants, mix until well distributed (about 30 seconds).
  6. Lastly, sprinkle in the fresh blueberries and let mix until well distributed (about 30 seconds - some will get squished, that's okay!)
  7. Turn the dough out onto the counter and form into a 6"-8" round (dough will be lumpy and dense).
  8. Brush the remaining 2 tablespoons of buttermilk on top of the dough and sprinkle the pinch of salt over the surface.
  9. Place loaf into a 12" cast iron pan and score 3/4" cross on top with a pairing knife. If you do not have a cast iron you can bake on a sheet pan, the crust just won't be quite as crunchy.
  10. Bake in the oven for about 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Serve warm with fresh jam, butter, or honey, and enjoy!
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