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Cranberry Orange Soda Bread

Cranberry Orange Soda Bread

The fruity twist by adding some orange zest and dried cranberries makes this Irish Soda Bread the perfect festive loaf for cold winter days!
Course side, Snack
Cuisine Irish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 200 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour plus extra for currants
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter 1/2 stick, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 3/4 cups cold buttermilk shaken
  • 1 extra-large egg lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 cup dried cranberries soaked in Orange Juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter is mixed into the flour.
  3. With a fork, lightly beat the buttermilk, egg, and orange zest together in a measuring cup. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture. Combine the cranberries with 1 tablespoon of flour and mix into the dough. It will be very wet.
  4. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and knead it a few times into a round loaf. Place the loaf on the prepared sheet pan and lightly cut an X into the top of the bread with a serrated knife. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. When you tap the loaf, it will have a hollow sound.
  5. Cool on a baking rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.