Orange-Raisin Irish Soda Bread

With St. Patrick’s day being this week, I figured I should be a little festive. It’s not something I normally get into, but I could always use an excuse to make Orange-Raisin Irish Soda Bread! However, instead of just adding raisins, I used some orange zest too to give it a springtime kick. This whole wheat, low sugar, egg free bread is best enjoyed with a hot cup of tea and some fresh orange slices. Enjoy!

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Instructions

To make Orange-Raisin Irish Soda Bread, start by preheating the oven to 375°F. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. I prefer using the mats because they are reusable and less wasteful.

Heat three tablespoons of water in a teapot and whisk with one tablespoon of flax seed in a small bowl to make an “egg”. If you don’t have an egg allergy or flax seed, one normal egg will work just fine.

Orange zest

Then, wash an orange and grate the peel until you have about one tablespoon of zest. Set aside.

Mixing the dry ingredients

In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and orange zest. After that, cut in three tablespoons of cold butter. Use a pastry blender to incorporate the butter into the dry ingredients until the pieces of butter are about pea-sized.

Folding in the raisins

Fold in a heaping 1/3 cup of raisins and set the bowl aside.

Whisking wet ingredients

In a separate, medium sized bowl, combine the buttermilk, skim milk, and “egg”.

Orange-raisin Irish soda bread

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until everything is well combined. Turn out the mixture onto a well floured surface and knead until you have a nice dough to work with. Form it into a small, round loaf.

Orange-Raisin Irish Soda Bread

Transfer the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. With a sharp knife, cut an X in the center of the loaf, being sure to cut all the way to the edges.

Orange-Raisin Irish Soda Bread

Bake at 375°F for approximately 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Orange-Raisin Irish Soda Bread

Enjoy with the leftover orange and hot cup of tea!

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Orange-Raisin Irish Soda Bread

Orange-Raisin Irish Soda Bread is a light, buttery bread bursting with juicy raisins. The unexpected orange essence gives it a lovely mild sweetness.
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: baking, bread, butternut squash, orange, raisin, scone
Author: Rachel Alexandra

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp hot water
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour plus extra for kneading
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 3 Tbsp cold butter
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup skim milk
  • cup raisins

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Heat the water in a teapot and whisk with the flax seed in a small bowl. This will make an "egg".
  • Zest the orange and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and orange zest.
  • Cut in the butter and combine it with the other ingredients with a pastry blender. Then fold in the raisins.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the buttermilk, skim milk, and"egg". Add this mixture to the dry ingredients.
  • Turn out the mixture onto a well-floured surface. Knead until it forms a nice dough.
  • Shape the dough into around loaf and transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
  • With a sharp knife, cut an "X" in the center of the loaf, being sure to cut all the way to the edges.
  • Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Notes

Try substituting the raisins for blueberries. Just be sure to toss them lightly in flour first so that they do not discolor the bread.

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