Irish Soda Bread (with a twist)

This is what I made for dinner, and I thought that it probably should be served with Irish Soda Bread.

I know there are lots of people out there that aren't huge fans of either currents or raisins.   So, this is my untraditional Irish Soda Bread.  Seeing I have an Irish name (McConnel) and I'm a redhead, then I feel I might be allowed to make these adaptations to a Irish tradition.

My Irish Soda Bread is sweetened with dried cranberries and orange zest.  And for health benefits and texture, I used some whole wheat flour and ground flax seed.

Irish Soda Bread
3 cups unbleached flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tbsp. ground flax seed
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
4 tbsp. sugar
the zest of one orange (finely grated)

1/2 cup cold butter cut into 1/2" cubes or smaller
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups buttermilk

3/4 cup dried cranberries

Combine first 7 ingredients in a bowl.  Using a pastry blender, cut in the cold butter to the flour mixture.

In another bowl, beat the eggs with a fork and add the buttermilk to the eggs.  Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour and butter.  And stir until just combined.  Add the dried cranberries and kneed into a ball on a well floured surface.  Do not over kneed, just till in comes together well.

Place ball on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Cut an X on the top of the bread with a knife.  Bake for about 45 mins at 375 F.  Bread is done when a toothpick inserted into the it comes out clean.

Serve warm with Orange Honey Butter (see below).

Orange Honey Butter
1/2 cup of butter softened
zest of one orange
1/4 honey

Mix well with an electric mixer.  Roll into a log in plastic wrap.  Then chill it completely.  Slice into coins for serving.

This recipe was adapted from Ina Garten's Irish Soda Bread recipe.


  1. Oh my goodness that looks absolutely divine!!! Printed and put on my list of things to do this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I tried this recipe, the soda bread is delicous.


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