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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.
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: baking, bread, butternut squash, orange, raisin, scone
Author: Rachel Alexandra


  • 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


  • 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.


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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