Irish Soda Bread Buns

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// Irish Soda Bread Buns

Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

4-5 mins

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Irish soda bread is a simple, hearty quick bread from Ireland, perfect for celebrating St. Patrick's Day. If you're in a pinch (are you wearing green?), make a quick-rising dough with baking soda, caraway, and currants. Portion into Anytime Freezer Trays, pop them into the microwave, and cook on a lower power level for a gently steamed bun. It’ll be ready to serve with corned beef and cabbage!
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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

½-Cup Anytime Freezer Tray

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½-Cup Anytime Freezer Tray


  • cups (225g) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup (75g) currants, more if desired
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup (225ml) buttermilk


  1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients together to form a dough. Be careful not to over-mix!
  2. Divide the batter into 6 pieces and transfer to 1/2 cup Anytime Freezer Trays. You will need to repeat the cooking process to cook all 6 buns.
  3. Gently press the tops with floured hands to even them out.
  4. Cook at Power Level 6tooltip for 4-5 mins until bouncy. If the bread is sticky on the sides, this is normal! The bun will dry as it cools down (it’s just steam). Repeat with the remaining dough.
  5. Serve with softened butter or preserves, or split to make a sandwich.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • These buns make a delicious breakfast sandwich.
  • Cut the buns in half and top with some butter, salt, and pickles.
  • Cut the buns in half and top with clotted cream, mascarpone, jam, or lemon curd.

Recipe notes

  • To store them for later, cool the buns completely and freeze in the trays (covered) or use plastic-free storage bags.
  • If buttermilk is not available, use kefir or whole milk instead.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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