Fruited Irish Soda Bread

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Fruited Irish Soda Bread
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Ingredients 11
  • Servings 16
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Looking for a quick to bake bread idea? Then check out this fruited Irish soda bread loaf recipe which is baked in just an hour!
Updated Oct 28, 2010


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk*
  • 1 cup dried fruit bits
  • 1/4 cup candied orange peel, finely chopped


  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. In large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; mix well. With fork or pastry blender, cut in margarine until crumbly. Add buttermilk, fruit bits and orange peel; blend well.
  • 2
    On well-floured surface, knead dough gently 1 to 2 minutes or until no longer sticky. Form dough into ball; place on greased cookie sheet. With sharp knife, cut an "X" 1/4 inch deep on top of loaf.
  • 3
    Bake at 375°F. for 40 to 45 minutes or until bread is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm or cool.

Tips from the Pillsbury Kitchens

  • tip 1
    * To substitute for buttermilk, use 4 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice plus milk to make 1 1/4 cups.
  • tip 2
    Personalize the character of this recipe by using your favorite type of dried fruit. Raisins and currants are traditional with soda bread; the candied fruit mixtures typically used for holiday fruit cakes work well, too. For a bit of exotic flair, try chopped dried papaya, mango, pineapple or star-fruit. Look for tropical dried fruits in large supermarkets, produce shops or health food stores.
  • tip 3
    Add 1 teaspoon caraway seed to the dough.
  • tip 4
    For a softer crust, brush the top of the warm loaf with melted butter.

Nutrition Information

140 Calories, 3g Total Fat

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Slice
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
1 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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