Irish Soda Bread with Apples and Currants

This easy-to-make bread is an adaptation of the much loved Irish Soda bread. This version has soft apple chunks and currants and is similar to a giant scone. Slice bread or cut into wedges and spread with butter. 

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Baking time: 45 minutes

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Serves: 6 to 8

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  • 1-2/3 cup (400 mL) Ontario Buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) butter, melted
  • 2 Ontario Apples, peeled and coarsely chopped (about 1-1/2 cups/375 mL)
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) dried currants
  • 2-3/4 cups (675 mL) all-purpose flour        
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) baking powder
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
  • 3/4 tsp (4 mL) baking soda
  • 1 Ontario Egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) granulated sugar


In medium bowl, combine buttermilk, melted butter, chopped apples and currants. Set aside.

In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Stir in buttermilk mixture to make soft dough. Gather up and place dough on floured surface. With floured hands, knead about 8 times and shape into a round loaf (dough will be sticky). Transfer to greased 9-inch (23 cm) round cake pan.

Brush top of dough with beaten egg. Sprinkle with 1 tsp (5 mL) sugar. Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden and toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool on wire rack about 10 minutes before removing from pan. Slice bread and serve warm or cool.

Nutritional information

1 Serving (when recipes serves 8):

  • PROTEIN: 8 grams
  • FAT: 7 grams
  • CARBOHYDRATE: 60 grams
  • CALORIES: 333
  • FIBRE: 3 grams
  • SODIUM: 560 mg